Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — An electrical malfunction left the air conditioner within the AT&T Center useless, causing temperatures within the arena to reach the nineties during Thursday night’s Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
Heat All-Star LeBron James suffered cramps in the fourth quarter that kept him out the final four minutes of the game in San Antonio’s 110-95 win.
Following the game, Gatorade tweeted, “Our athletes can take the heat,” but issued a statement to ABC News on Friday.
“Our apologies for our response to fans’ tweets during last night’s Heat vs. Spurs game. We got caught up in the heat of the battle. As a longtime partner of the Miami Heat, we support the entire team,” a Gatorade spokesperson said.
The electrical failure was fixed on Friday morning and the Spurs Sports & Entertainment issued a statement regarding the issue.
“The electrical failure that caused the AC system outage during Game 1 of the NBA Finals has been repaired. The AC system has been tested, is fully operational and will continue to be monitored. The upcoming events at the AT&T Center, including the Romeo Santos concert tonight, the Stars game on Saturday night and Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, will go on as scheduled. We apologize for the conditions in the arena during last night’s game.”
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