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Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs Game 1

Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs Game 1

Posted by Liliana Castaño on June 06, 2014

"Beat the Heat!" had a whole new meaning in a sweltering start to the NBA Finals.

The San Antonio Spurs handled the conditions, and the team, and it sure helped when a suffering LeBron James couldn't make it to the finish.

Tim Duncan had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs beat the Heat 110-95 on Thursday night in Game 1 at steamy AT&T Center.

With an air-conditioning failure making it feel like a sauna and causing James to battle cramps that knocked him out of the decisive stretch, the Spurs pulled away to win the opener of the first Finals rematch since 1998.

"After I came out of the game, they kind of took off," James said. "And it was frustrating sitting out and not be able to help our team."

Manu Ginobili had 16 points and 11 assists, Tony Parker added 19 points and eight assists, and the Spurs -- 6-for-6 in NBA Finals Game 1s -- shot 59 percent.

"Just very proud of my team," Parker said. "We kept believing, kept pushing. We know it's not easy."

They host Game 2 on Sunday -- likely in cooler conditions.

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