Fans at the FleetCenter got just a brief look at Boston's new court as a power outage stopped the Celtics' game last night against the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers won the first-ever tip on the floor and were setting up on Boston's end when the arena's main lights went out 10 seconds into the game. Power was restored 21 minutes later.
After the lights were fully restored, the officials couldn't find the game ball, causing another minute delay while the teams were waiting on the floor.
During the outage, the building was lit by auxiliary lights while both teams warmed up, and Boston Coach Rick Pitino did a radio and TV interview.
The Celtics said the delay was caused by a power outage in a high-voltage line approximately 40 miles away, in Millbury, Mass., that triggered a surge in the arena.
The Celtics retired their fabled parquet floor after their final home game of 1999, Dec. 23 against Atlanta. The floor was in place for 50 years before a replica was installed, and unveiled last night.
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