DALLAS – The Golden State’s Splash Brothers tried not to get wet at the start of the second half Tuesday night as water seeped across the roof of the American Airlines Center, delaying Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Mavericks by 16 minutes.
Teams had to sit amid a rare rain delay in basketball after the break as rink workers tried to plug a leak, coming from the rain outside, in the high ceiling above.
This was the second time that water falling across the roof of the American Airlines Center had affected a Mavericks game. It also delayed the start of the Timberwolves-Mavericks game by 15 minutes on March 21.
The arena opened on July 17, 2001.
The Mavericks lead 62-47 in the first half. During the delay, players from both teams stood near half the field looking at the ceiling, with two Warriors playing rock, paper and scissors to pass the time. While the leak spilled onto the baseline near the Warriors bench, the Mavericks were the team that started the third quarter by playing on this side of the field.
Once the match resumed, the Mavericks continued to consolidate their lead, jumping to 99-70 by the end of the third quarter and going on to win 119-109.