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Leaky roof causes 2 delays in Rockets-Wizards game

Sunday - 1/12/2014, 7:12am  ET

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Houston Rockets forward Dwight Howard blocks a shot by Sandro Dussek, 10, from McLean, Va., during a delay in the NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards as water dripped from the ceiling, in the first half Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Verizon Center has sprung a leak, causing a pair of delays in the Washington Wizards' game against the Houston Rockets.

Play was halted for 35 minutes during the second quarter Saturday night because water was dripping onto the court, and again when players came out to begin the second half.

The leak was at center court near the scorer's table. Two trash cans were placed on top of some towels to catch the water during the first delay, and several people were in the rafters above the leak, apparently trying to fix the problem.

Heavy rains fell in the region throughout the day.

Players from both teams took warm-up shots during the delays. Dwight Howard playfully blocked shots from a couple of young fans and signed an autograph.


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