Leaky roof delays Rockets-Wizards game

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Officials and players look on as water coming from the ceiling of the Verizon Center delayed the second quarter of the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets game on January 11, 2014 in Washington. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 11 at 10:08 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Verizon Center sprung a leak Saturday night, causing a pair of delays in the Washington Wizards' game against the Houston Rockets.

Play was halted for 35 minutes during the second quarter and for 22 minutes at the start of the second half Saturday night because water was dripping onto the court.

The leak was at center court near the scorer's table. Trash cans were placed on top of some towels to catch the water, 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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