Fans Gone Wild: Spectator runs out on court during NBA game
WASHINGTON (AP) — A fan was tackled after running onto the court during an NBA playoff game between the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night, the latest example of unruly behavior as teams let more spectators in the stands during the pandemic.
“You can tell those people have been in some sort of captivity for the last year, year and change, right?” Wizards center Robin Lopez said. “It’s kind of wild to see the liberties people are taking.”
The players were heading toward Washington’s basket in the third quarter of the home team’s 122-114 victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round series when the action was halted because of the intruder, who jumped as if pretending to try to dunk.
A security guard grabbed and held down the person near the baseline as 76ers center Dwight Howard stood nearby.
The fan was escorted away from the court and play resumed after a brief interruption.
“I don’t know what he was trying to do,” Washington forward Rui Hachimura said. “I think they’re just excited to come back. But they’ve got to be more respectful of us as players. They think they can do whatever they want.”
After beginning this season with zero spectators allowed at its arena, Washington has steadily increased the capacity to the point where Monday’s contest had an announced attendance of 10,665, roughly 50% of what the place holds.
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