The Miami Heat-Atlanta Hawks Game 3 was delayed due to a suspicious package found outside State Farm Arena, the Hawks announced.
“Prior to tonight’s Eastern Conference First Round matchup between the Hawks and Miami Heat, a suspicious package was found outside Gate 2 of State Farm Arena,” read a statement released by the Hawks.
“Out of an abundance of caution, Gates 1, 2 and 3 were temporarily closed by the Atlanta Police Department while the police department, K-9 unites and Arena security worked to clear the area and investigate the contents of the package. The contents of the package were not found to be explosive, and the package was removed safely by the Atlanta Bomb Squad.”
The game, which was initially scheduled for 7 p.m ET, tipped off at 7:55.
Miami, the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed, currently leads the series 2-0. Atlanta snuck into the playoffs despite finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference in the regular season by virtue of the NBA play-in tournament.
With the delay, the New Orleans Pelicans-Phoenix Suns Game 3 has also been pushed 30 minutes — the game will now begin at 10 p.m. ET, or 9 p.m. local time in New Orleans.