This Date in NBA History (March 11): NBA suspends 2019-20 season indefinitely after positive COVID-19 test

On March 11, 2020, the NBA suspended the rest of its season indefinitely and declared that it would go into a hiatus.

It all began with a Utah Jazz player testing positive for COVID-19, which forced the postponement of the team's game against the Thunder in Oklahoma City.

Later in the day, a game between the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans was postponed because one of the referees was exposed to the Jazz player who tested positive for COVID-19 a few days earlier.

At the end of the day's games, the decision to suspend the season was taken by commissioner Adam Silver.

Only earlier that day had the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Along with the NBA, which became the first domino to fall in the world of sports, especially in the United States, other US professional sports league including MLB and NHL also suspended their season.

The hiatus lasted nearly five months and ended when the NBA restarted the season in a bubble at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.

Game-winning buzzer-beater on March 11

Devin Booker vs. Dallas Mavericks in 2017

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