A Robert Williams dunk delayed the Celtics game against the Nuggets by about 30 minutes
Williams caught a pass and threw an alley-oop midway through the fourth quarter of Boston’s 123-111 loss to the Nuggets at the Ball Arena on Sunday nightand clung to the ledge for a bit before landing on his feet.
That last part, it turned out, ruined the rim.
Officials quickly stopped play to repair the rim, which proved difficult.
After more than 30 minutes, the officials finally managed to balance the rim so play could resume.
The break was not a total loss. Deandre Jordan managed to have a little fun with a young fan sitting at the edge of the court.
The Nuggets, after leading most of the way, held a 110-97 lead when the game was delayed. They took the win on 12 points – the 10th of their last 12 – behind a triple-double of 30 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists of Nikola Jokic.
Williams finished with eight points and six rebounds off the bench for Boston, which kicked off a four-game road trip Sunday night. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 30 points and eight rebounds, and Jayson Tatum added 25 points while shooting 7 of 16 from the field.