It was hot at AT&T Center on Thursday night.
How hot was it?
It was so hot, LeBron James cramped up and had to leave the game and the Spurs won and just about everyone had some fun with the four-time MVP.
Here’s The Post’s Michael Lee, who was cramp-free as he described the scene:
LeBron James muscled his way around Boris Diaw for a layup that brought the Miami Heat within two points and then took one sideways gallop that ended his night. A severe leg cramp took over James’s left leg, leaving him frozen near his basket, waiting for play to stop so that he could somehow make the full-court journey back to his bench.
Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh gathered around him, concerned. Every time James dragged his leg forward and grimaced, those worries morphed into fear — especially after James had to be carried to the bench, where he spent the final four minutes of the game as a spectator for what turned out to be a nightmarish finish for Miami in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
With the game’s best player out, the San Antonio Spurs closed with a devastating 16-3 run to claim a runaway 110-95 victory. James scored a game-high 25 points before succumbing to heat of the AT&T Center, which was inexplicably without air conditioning because of a power malfunction and contributed to the four-time league’s most valuable player developing the ill-timed leg cramp.
James is not a Gatorade-endorser. Gatorade made sure everyone knew that on Twitter.
@ryanbkoo The person cramping wasn’t our client. Our athletes can take the heat.— Gatorade (@Gatorade) June 6, 2014
Shane Battier, James’s Heat teammate, said the temps inside the stadium reminded him of his college days.
Shane Battier said the temp tonight reminded him of ″every game at Cameron Indoor Arena.” No AC there back then— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) June 6, 2014
Twitter was not exactly sympathetic to James’s malady.
Lebron james has a ″history of cramps”? You know who else has a history of cramps? Every athlete ever.— Marshal Freeman (@marshmadness39) June 6, 2014
Gregory Campbell finishes his shift with a broken leg and Lebron James can’t play because of cramps #TakeALapBud— Puck Problems ® (@NHLPuckProblems) June 6, 2014
😂😂😂 Lance Stephenson helping Lebron James with his cramps pic.twitter.com/f5hunV8a7M— almighty milly (@TyreseMilly) June 6, 2014
It isn’t the first time strange things have gone on at AT&T Center. Remember the snake?