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Air conditioning malfunctions in steamy Game 1 of NBA Finals

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SAN ANTONIO -- The air conditioning malfunctioned at AT&T Center on Thursday night, causing steamy conditions during Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

The Heat and Spurs dealt with increasingly warm and humid conditions throughout the first half, and it only got warmer after halftime. According to building workers, an overheated circuit breaker was the culprit. Engineers in the bowels of the building were trying to get the breaker to cool down in the hopes that air conditioning could be restored.

If unsuccessful, the only other solution appeared to be installing a new circuit breaker on Saturday.

That, of course, would do the players no good in Game 1 of this rematch from last year's Finals. Throughout the arena, fans were trying to get some relief by fanning themselves with folded programs.

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, the temperature in the arena was 89 degrees at the end of the third quarter with the Heat leading 78-74. Earlier in the third, LeBron James had come out of the game at a point he normally would not sub out, presumably due to the conditions. At the end of the third, the arena announced that an electrical outage affecting the air conditioning had occurred. Fans responded with boos.

Game 2 will be Sunday night in San Antonio.

Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich  faced sweltering conditions Thursday night. (USATSI)
Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich faced sweltering conditions Thursday night. (USATSI)

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