A game between the Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets was delayed about 35 minutes because one of the rims was bent during a dunk.

The incident occurred with 8:06 left in the fourth quarter after center Robert Williams III launched a thunderous dunk and left the rim slightly tilted. Approximately 2 minutes later, NBA officials gathered team members at the Ball Arena to level the rim.

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Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon warms up as workers change the rim after it was bent by Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, in Denver.
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

What seemed like an easy fix was not as more staff showed up to help.

«There’s a joke there. How many guys does it take to fix a rim in an NBA game?» Nuggets coach Michael Malone said, adding that the whole situation was «murder.»

Celtics star Jaylen Brown was not happy with the situation after the game. Brown is vice president of the National Basketball Players Association. He said there was «no communication» about what was happening on the court as he worked on the rim.

A worker uses a level to check the rim after it bent during a dunk by Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, in Denver.

A worker uses a level to check the rim after it bent during a dunk by Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, in Denver.
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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«That’s how injuries and stuff happen,» Brown said. «That whole process was mishandled, in my opinion, and that also had an effect. But luckily no one was hurt.»

Brown led the Celtics with 30 points and eight rebounds, but Boston fell short.

Workers struggle to replace the rim during a game between the Celtics and the Nuggets in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023.

Workers struggle to replace the rim during a game between the Celtics and the Nuggets in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023.
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Denver won the game 123-111. Nikola Jokic had 30 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in the win.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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