SAN ANTONIO (NBC/WOAI/AP) — Animosity between the Spurs and the Heat is getting wild … really, wild.
A baby elephant named “Lucky” showed off his Spurs spirit Thursday at the San Antonio Zoo.
A cardboard box, decorated with the Miami Heat logo and full of leafy treats, was no match for the little elephant.
Lucky crushed the Miami Heat box to cheers from the gathered crowd.
The Spurs took on the Heat Thursday night in the first game of the NBA Finals.
Heat was the story in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Not the Miami Heat, so much, as literal heat — after an electrical failure for the power that runs the air conditioning system in the AT&T Center left the arena without air conditioning.
With a bold 4th quarter run, the San Antonio Spurs turned up their three-point game. The final score was 95-110.
With temperatures measured in the mid-80s inside the arena, Game 1 of the title series between Miami and the San Antonio Spurs was a sweltering struggle. Players tried to cool by placing icebags on their necks while resting on the bench, and just about everyone in the sellout crowd was using something to fan themselves.
It’s not the first time electricity has had a significant impact on a championship event in recent years. The Super Bowl in 2013 between Baltimore and San Francisco was marred by a power outage at the Superdome in New Orleans, interrupting play for 34 minutes.
Power was the culprit in Game 1 of the finals as well, arena officials said.
Many fans removed the giveaway black T-shirts handed out before the game, obviously wanting to wear as few layers inside the steamy building as possible. Heat star LeBron James was clearly laboring in the second half.
The Spurs and Heat play next on Sunday night.