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Lights go out in Thunder-Clippers NBA playoff game, terrible basketball ensues

(Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

With a missed pass and an air ball, the last 27.2 seconds of the first half of Wednesday night’s playoff game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers wasn’t pretty. But that’s okay — you couldn’t see it. The Chesapeake Energy Arena’s lights went out because of a power surge, the Associated Press, possibly due to inclement weather (Thunder?!) passing through the area.

Unlike Super Bowl XLVII, though, not all the lights went out. Only some, which made the court look like it was dimly lit for a romantic dinner. But Chris Paul didn’t take the time to whisper sweet nothings into NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s ear. Instead, TNT announcers Marv Albert and Steve Kerr said during the broadcast that the Clippers guard shouted at Silver to please let them play out the rest of the half in the dim lighting.

“Adam now has so much credibility, they’re asking him for everything!” the broadcasters said.

Paul’s wish was granted and the world sort of witnessed 27.2 seconds of terrible basketball.

Luckily for everyone involved, the lights went back on during halftime, which ended up having to be extended to give the lights 15 minutes to return to full brightness. The second half then played out with the proper energy — both in terms of lighting and on the court.

The Thunder triumphed over the Clippers, 112-101, and fans had a pun-filled good time on social media:

(H/T: Bleacher Report)

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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