SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) – 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.”


LeBron James of the Miami Heat sits on the sidelines after cramping up during Game 1 (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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