With the temperature in the AT&T Center soaring above 90 degrees, the San Antonio Spurs found themselves roasting the Miami Heat.
Despite trailing by four, 78-74, to Miami after three quarters, the Spurs used a 36-point final period to seize Game 1 while LeBron James was reduced to a spectator on the sidelines.
James began cramping up in the second half, first calling for a break for treatment, which he returned from, before leaving the game with 3:59 remaining. He would not return and left the bench as the game concluded.
A faulty air conditioning system was to blame for the stifling on-court environment as the temperature crept higher as the night wore on.
San Antonio could have won the game without the rather fortunate departure of James as their offense fired beautifully throughout the game.
Danny Green, the flamethrower from the 2013 Finals, caught fire again in the fourth quarter, hitting a number of threes as well as a breakaway dunk to form part of a run that ended the game as a contest.
Green finished with 13 points on 4-9 from the field, all four makes coming in the fourth quarter.
Mario Chalmers sunk a three of his own to cut the lead to 99-95 before the Spurs scored 11 straight points to end the game.
Tim Duncan had 21 points and missed just one of his ten shots to go with 10 rebounds.
Tony Parker and Manu Ginobilli combined for 25 points and 19 assists as the Spurs shot 58.8 percent from the field as well as registering assists on 30 of their 40 made shots.
James left the game after compiling 25 points and 6 boards in 33 minutes. His immediate condition is unknown with Game 2 in San Antonio Sunday night.
Dwyane Wade took the burden of scoring with James struggling to a 9-17 shooting performance. Wade had 19 points on 8-18 from the floor.