The air conditioning in the AT&T Center broke after a power failure in game one of the NBA Finals where the San Antonio Spurs rallied through an uncomfortable climate to defeat the Miami Heat 110-95 on Thursday night.
Fans, coaches and players alike sweated through the reported 90 degrees heat in San Antonio, as the Heat attempted to rally back from single-digit deficits late in the fourth quarter without the help of superstar LeBron James, who had left the floor with cramps.
When James left the ball game he was leading all scorers in the contest with 25 points but the Spurs finished on a 31-9 run in the final quarter of the game to get the much needed victory over the visiting Miami Heat.
As temperature's soared and players were visibly affected by the Heat, the Spurs behind their balanced effort including a 21 point, 10 rebound effort from power forward Tim Duncan overcame a focused Miami team.
Tim Duncan spoke in a court-side interview after the game and was asked about the hot conditions, he responded: "Significant - definitely a factor."
He continued: "Don't know what happened to LeBron, but I think all of us were feeling the heat and all of us are a little dehydrated."
The AT&T Center released a statement in the second half about the situation, they apologised for any inconvenience and said: "We are continuing work on resolving the problem."
LeBron James' exit to the contest will be the main headline from this contest, NBA legends came to the King's aid on twitter whilst the social media world questioned the true effects of cramps.
Dominique Wilkins tweeted saying: "Cramps are absolutely the worst to contend with." before later adding: "Bron having cramps should NOT be the story at all. Cramps happen. Is what it is."
The Spurs take game one of the NBA finals and teams who have started 1-0 have won the championship on 70% of the occasions, the Heat now look to game two in hope to split the series in San Antonio.
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