Air conditioning inside AT&T Center failed during Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat. Players were placing ice bags on their necks while sitting on the bench and during timeouts, and Heat star LeBron James told teammates during a stoppage in play that "they're trying to smoke us out of here." Temperatures inside the arena were measured in the mid-80s.
Most everyone in the crowd was using something to fan themselves, and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told ABC before the fourth quarter that it's "a bad situation." Arena officials said an electrical failure caused the problem and apologized for any inconvenience.
Miami's quest for an NBA three-peat began by getting wilted in San Antonio.
The Spurs closed the game on a 31-6 run to take the opener of the NBA Finals by beating the Heat 110-95.
The heat got to Miami superstar LeBron James, who missed the final seven minutes because of leg cramps.
He had to be helped off the court at one point, appearing exhausted.
He still led the Heat with 25 points in his 33 minutes. Dwyane Wade added 19.
The Spurs made 14 of 16 shots and all six of their three-point attempts while outscoring the Heat 36-17 in the fourth quarter.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 21 points and 10 rebounds on nine of 10 shooting from the field.
Tony Parker added 19. Manu Ginobili added 16 and 11 assists.
Danny Green hit a couple of big three-points late and added 13 points.