Heavy fog across South Central Texas delayed the Spurs return to San Antonio Thursday morning after their game in Mexico was postponed Wednesday night because of a fire in the Mexico City arena.
The Spurs flight home was diverted to Dallas and landed in North Texas around 3 a.m. The team had not arrived in San Antonio as of 7 a.m. Thursday.
The delay was the latest issue during the Spurs trip south of the border. The Spurs were scheduled to play the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night, but the game was postponed because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena.
The arena was evacuated about 45 minutes before tipoff when a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building, according to NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima.
Mexico City Police said in a statement there was a fire in the generator room on the fourth floor of the modern glass-clad arena that opened in 2012.
About 15 minutes after the scheduled start, the Spurs bus pulled away from the building. The Timberwolves bus followed soon after.
While the teams were warming up for their regular-season matchup, lights went out in parts of the arena and smoke began coming out of vents in the upper deck. The court quickly became cloudy.
"I thought they were practicing fireworks, Spurs TV analyst Sean Elliot said. "A lot of teams do that before introductions. But then the smoke just kept creeping and it wasn't white smoke. It was like a brown dark smoke and it started taking over the whole court. It was surprising."
Fans had not yet been allowed into the arena for the NBA's first regular-season game in the country since 1997 when the evacuation was ordered. The teams went to their buses, still wearing their practice gear.
Adrian Perez, marketing manager for the arena, said fans will be reimbursed.
The matchup will be made up in Minnesota at a later date. The Spurs next host the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.