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The malfunctioning system at Verizon Center last night forced arena officials to go to their backup plan – a large digital scoreboard in front of the scorer’s table, shot clocks on the floor at each end of the court, and an air horn instead of a buzzer. It was like a high school gym flashback, minus the flip card scoring and signs advertising prom tickets.

“The last time I had a scoreboard on the sideline was in AAU basketball,” Trevor Booker told me. “You still play the same. I mean, both teams had to go through it, so we can’t say it caused us to lose. “

Bradley Beal used the same analogy.

“It was like AAU ball, with the shot clock on the baseline,” he said. “It is what it is. It’s like playing pickup ball or something. But that didn’t have anything to do with us losing.”

Raptors forward Rudy Gay, also with the AAU reference.

“It was weird. Kyle got stripped, like, three times looking at the clock,” Gay told Joseph White of the AP. “My old AAU coach used to tell me: ‘If you put two rims up in the kitchen, we’ll play you.’ So it don’t matter.”

Team officials didn’t offer an explanation as to why the system malfunctioned before the game, but Monumental Sports and Entertainment issued a statement regarding the situation.

Our clock and scoring system were malfunctioning prior to the game, but we were able to implement backup measures that were fully compliant with NBA standards. Those measures allowed us to start the game on time and play the game without incident.

Well, almost without incident.

With apologies for poor quality, here are some photos of the picture-in-picture score on the big screen, and the shot clock on the floor.

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Sarah Kogod/The Washington Post