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SAN ANTONIO – Air conditioning was not working properly at the AT&T Center on Thursday night, causing steamy conditions during the first game of the NBA Finals.
The heat and the spurs had to contend with warmer and wetter conditions in the first half and only got warmer after half time. According to construction workers, an overheated circuit breaker was the culprit. Engineers in the bowels of the building tried to cool down the breaker in hopes that the air conditioning could be restored.
If this was unsuccessful, the only other solution seemed to be to install a new breaker on Saturday.
Of course, that wouldn’t do the players in Game 1 of this second leg from last year’s final any good. Throughout the arena, fans tried to find relief by fanning themselves with folded programs.
According to ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst, the temperature in the arena was 89 degrees at the end of the third quarter, with the heat running 78-74. At the start of the third round, LeBron James was eliminated from the game at a point he normally wouldn’t take out, presumably due to the conditions. At the end of the third day, the arena announced that a power outage had occurred that was affecting the air conditioning. The fans responded with boos.
Game 2 will be in San Antonio on Sunday evening.
Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich faced muggy conditions on Thursday night. (USATSI)