Leaky roof at Staples Center delays Cavs-Lakers game

Updated: January 27, 2008, 4:50 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- A leaky roof stopped LeBron James and Kobe Bryant on Sunday -- at least for a while.

The Cavaliers-Lakers game was delayed 12 minutes because of a small leak in the Staples Center roof. The steady flow of raindrops fell under the north basket, dropping out of bounds but less than a foot from the baseline.

"Because of all the rain and some leaks we had last month, we had a roofing company called out and they were inspecting the roof this morning," Staples Center spokesman Michael Roth said. "When they came off the roof, they took off their rain gear and left it on a catwalk, which was over the north basket, and their equipment as well.

"Because everything was so soaking wet, it started to leak on the court. When we went up there to inspect, we realized it was coming from the gear that was on the catwalk that has slats in it. We removed the equipment and the gear, and we're good."

The Cavaliers had just taken a 19-18 lead on Daniel Gibson's 3-pointer when the game was halted, with 3:36 left in the first quarter.

After a 10-minute delay, the teams took to the court to shoot, just as they do before a game. Play soon resumed with the leak under control.


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