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1/8-Inch Hole Caused Game-Delaying Leak During Wizards-Rockets 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 January 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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 January 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A leaky roof is what caused an extended delay during a home Wizards game against the Houston Rockets on Saturday, but now the source of that leak has become evident.

The leak — which caused water to drip down onto the court, forcing a delay with the score tied at 29, and 11:51 to play in the second quarter — was caused by a 1/8-inch hole in the roof of the Verizon Center, Greg Otto is reporting for Washington Business Journal.

Water had been collecting in blankets which hang from the roof, one Verizon Center official said.

“There was a leak above one of those blankets,” said Verizon Center Senior Vice President and General Manager Dave Touhey. “That blanket got saturated, and eventually once it collected enough water, it started to drip.”

A crew was brought in to temporarily patch the leak, by placing tarps over the leak and redirecting the water away from the floor, according to Washington Biz Journal.

Verizon Center staff will wait for the next time it rains to check the roof for other possible leaks.

Find out more in the video below.

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