A protest outside the Sacramento Kings' home arena — Golden 1 Center — kept thousands of fans from entering the building to watch the game against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.
People were protesting Sunday's police shooting of unarmed Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old black man who was killed in his grandmother's backyard after a foot pursuit.
Protesters locked arms to form a chain around the arena, holding signs and chanting. They also had rallied outside city hall and the Sacramento Police Station earlier in the day, leading to a march that eventually shut down I-5 at the height of rush hour. Some continued on to Golden 1 Center.
The Hawks and Kings took the court for warm-ups, and a later tip time of 7:23 p.m. local time (the game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m.) was announced. The game tipped off with a few fans trickling into the arena and sitting in the lower bowl.