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Hawks spokesman says arena apparently OK
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ATLANTA — Atlanta Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche said Philips Arena apparently sustained no damage from the severe windstorm that hit downtown Atlanta on Friday night.

Inside the arena, there were no immediate signs of fallen debris, but small pieces from a ceiling tile landed on the Hawks' practice court.

"From what I hear, we're OK," Triche said after the Hawks' win over the Los Angeles Clippers. "They're checking the roof right now in one corner, but everything looks fine so far."

The Hawks were playing the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter when the storm tore a hole in the roof at the Georgia Dome, which is located in the same complex as Philips and less than one-half mile from the arena.

During the Hawks' game, arena officials made no public announcements about the storm.
At the dome, Southeastern Conference officials briefly stopped the final night game of the men's basketball tournament, but play later resumed in Mississippi State's win over Alabama.

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