NBA finals: LeBron overheats as Miami wilt
An air conditioning fault led to LeBron James cramping out as the Miami Heat wilted to a 110-95 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs during Game 1 of the NBA finals Friday morning (Singapore time).
Temperatures in the Spur's AT&T Center were higher than normal after an electrical outage caused the air conditioning to fail.
Even though the game was allowed to continue, fans and players toiled in the heat, which claimed James as a victim in the fourth quarter.
The forward could only last five minutes of the final quarter before succumbing to leg cramps while scoring a lay-up to bring the Heat within two points of the Spurs at 94-92.
The sight of the four-time league MVP being carried off the court by teammates clearly had an adverse effect on three-peat chasers Miami as the hosts then went on a 16-3 scoring run to take first blood in the best of seven series, with Danny Green doing the damage for the Spurs as he scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth period.
Tim Duncan led the scoring for the hosts with 21 points while teammate Manu Ginobili had 16.
James was the Heat's leading scorer with 25 while centre Chris Bosh posted 18.