An electrical failure caused the air conditioning at San Antonio’s AT&T Center to shut off Thursday, bringing added heat to Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
But the aptly-named Miami Heat and star LeBron James wilted in the sweltering conditions, falling to the Spurs 110-95.
After the AC system shut off, the temperature inside the arena reached over 90 degrees.
Players dripped sweat and put bags of ice on their necks while sitting on the bench to stay cool. People in the crowd fanned themselves.
The conditions were especially problematic for James, who cramped up during the fourth quarter and had to be helped from the court by team personnel.
Following the game, Spurs center Tim Duncan acknowledged the role that the conditions played on the outcome.
“It was significant,” Duncan said. “It was definitely a factor.”
People discussed the situation across social media – and criticized James for having to leave the game.
If you can't stand the Heat, get out of the AT&T Center.— Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) June 6, 2014
Temperature in AT&T Center right now is 89 degrees.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 6, 2014
BREAKING: Lance Stephenson to the rescue at the AT&T Center pic.twitter.com/KrJKmjYiIu— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) June 6, 2014
On bright side of the sweltering AT&T Center heat, I've never burned calories while watching a game before. Feels like HS wrestling practice— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 6, 2014
AT&T Center throwing shade playing "Hot in Herre" right now.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) June 6, 2014
It's so stuffy in AT&T Center. I need a church fan up in this joint.— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) June 6, 2014
Even Gatorade got in on the action.
@ryanbkoo The person cramping wasn't our client. Our athletes can take the heat.— Gatorade (@Gatorade) June 6, 2014