SAN ANTONIO - Six more, please – well, without the heat (but with the Heat).
Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals was worth the wait and served notice that this rematch could be just as thrilling as last year’s series for the ages. In the end, the Spurs survived an absolutely grueling, mistake-filled encounter, taking the opener over Miami 110-95 in a game that was far closer than the final score .
Ageless Tim Duncan was sublime in a 21-point, 10-rebound effort, Manu Ginobili controlled the first half and Danny Green came to life late, as LeBron James watched most of the dying minutes from the bench, overcome by the brutal heat.
James scored 25 points in 33 minutes, Dwyane Wade 19 and Chris Bosh 18, but it wasn’t enough
An electrical malfunction shut down the air conditioning system at the AT&T Center, meaning the game was played in a scorching, 32C-degree arena.
The players were sweating buckets and the brutal heat likely contributed to buckets of turnovers on both sid