Andy Lyons

NBA Finals 2014: Spurs close strong after LeBron James cramps up to win Game 1

The Heat were poised to steal Game 1, but LeBron James had to come out of the game after cramping up in the air condition-less AT&T Center and the Spurs took advantage, closing on a 31-9 run to win, 110-95.

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The meme-ing of LeBron James

Come on. Let's not do this.

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#LeBroning is a bad meme

People who dislike LeBron James are making fun of him, and completely forgetting their own maladies.

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The Spurs' fever dream 4th quarter

Despite the oppressive heat, San Antonio went bonkers in the final eight minutes to seal (or steal) a Game 1 victory. What sorcery is this?

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Everyone agrees AT&T Center was too hot last night

What happens when you turn off the air conditioning in an arena packed with Texans in the summer? People get a little hot and bothered.

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An insane game overshadowed by faulty A/C

The Spurs' impressive Game 1 victory was overshadowed by a faulty cooling system that forced LeBron James out of the game during crunch time. Let's all try to react rationally.

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LeBron cramps up, Spurs pull away

The air condition broke at the AT&T Center, leading to rising temperatures that overcame the Heat's superstar. LeBron James couldn't play in the fourth quarter because of cramps, allowing the Spurs to pull away.

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LeBron explains his cramps

James sat on the bench the final four minutes of the fourth quarter as the Spurs stormed back to take Game 1.

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No, LeBron shouldn't have played through cramps

If it were anyone else, there'd be more understanding for debilitating effects of very serious cramps in a sweltering environment. But because it's LeBron James, too many lose their minds.

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Spurs surge to 110-95 win after James cramps up

Broken air conditioning at the AT&T Center created extreme conditions on the floor, and LeBron James had to leave the game with cramps. The Spurs took advantage with a 31-9 fourth-quarter run to win.

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Cramping hits LeBron, again

The best player in the world exited Game 1 of the NBA Finals in the fourth quarter because of cramping.

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38-year-old Ray Allen can still get up

Yup, definitely didn't see 38-year-old Ray Allen still being able to dunk like this.

Sure, he got away with a push-off on Marco Belinelli, but we'll allow it for the greater good of being able to watch that happen.

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The Spurs' A/C broke

The top story in Game 1 wasn't the Heat, but rather the heat. There were a lot of bad jokes about this.

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Tim Duncan's crazy eyes

They say the eyes are the window the the soul. Tim Duncan's soul can't believe this foul call.

Although to be fair, he probably didn't commit the foul.

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Tim Duncan even hits hook shots with warmups

Even the funny things Tim Duncan does are stoic and impressive.

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Dwyane Wade puts the Dream Shake on the Spurs

The NBA Finals are underway and it looks like all the rest Dwyane Wade got during the regular season has paid off.

Wade drove right around Tim Duncan from the right wing and moved the San Antonio big man out of the way with a Hakeem Olajuwon / Rajon Rondo ball fake that opened him up for a soft layup at the rim.

How can you not love this Finals matchup?

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Gregg Popovich can stab you with his eyes

Gregg Popovich enjoys wine. And reading. And travel. And watching you while you sleep.

Hey, no one said the Finals weren't going to be intense. Just... not like this.

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Splitter, Lewis both in starting lineup

Game 1 starters: Heat: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Rashard Lewis, Chris Bosh. Spurs: Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter.

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Heat take on Spurs in San Antonio for Game 1

In a matchup for the ages, the Heat try to make a run at a three-peat while the Spurs try to go out on top.

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Previewing the NBA Finals

The Heat and Spurs staged a classic seven-game battle in last year's NBA Finals. What will they do for an encore?

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Good morning, the NBA Finals have arrived

That, Sterling and more in Thursday's NBA newsletter.

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How the Heat and Spurs returned to the Finals

It has been quite the trek for the Heat and Spurs since last year's epic seven-game NBA Finals series. We recap their seasons and what had to happen for each team to return to the brink of the promised land.

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