A power failure for the electrical systems that run the AT&T Center in San Antonio left the arena without air conditioning for much of the the Spurs' 110-95 win over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, as players, fans and coaches sweated through an uncomfortable climate.
As the Heat tried to rally back from single-digit deficits late in the fourth quarter, LeBron James left needing help off the floor after having motioned to the bench on at least two occasions to come out earlier in the game, presumably as a result of the conditions within the arena, which reportedly reached 90 degrees.
James scored 25 points in 33 minutes before heading to the locker room.
Tim Duncan, in a courtside interview with ESPN after the game, called the hot conditions "significant -- definitely a factor."
"Don't know what happened to LeBron," Duncan said. "But I think all of us were feeling the heat and all of us are a little dehydrated."
Duncan led a balanced Spurs effort with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
"In this situation I wasn't worried about it," Duncan said. "I was trying to get that lead, trying to get that win."
The AT&T Center released a statement in the second half apologizing for "any inconvenience" on a day when the local temperature reached into the 90s.
"We are continuing to work on resolving the problem," the news release said.
Fans could be seen throughout the arena sweating heavily and fanning themselves with whatever was NBA Finals programs.