MIAMI (Sporting Alert) — It’s LeBron James v Kevin Durant when two-time defending champion Miami Heat face the Oklahoma City Thunder at AmericanAirlines Arena in Florida, in one of the two NBA games live on WatchESPN and ESPN on Wednesday night.
The clash will see two of the league’s superstars coming together in what is expected to be an exciting encounter.
Durant, who has been dominant thus far this season, has found a way to score against everyone and even Miami’s (32-12,) James, one of the best individual defenders in the NBA, believes the star forward can’t be guarded one-on-one.
“Individually, he can’t be stopped by any 1-on-1 player,” James said. “There’s nobody that can guard him 1-on-1.”
Durant has scored at least 30 points in his last 11 games, including three-times over 40 points and once over 50 points, and he is on course to deliver a career best outing this season.
The Thunder (36-10) has won eight-straight games, the longest active win streak in the NBA at the moment, and James is looking forward to taking them on, and especially facing Durant.
“I like going against the best,” James said. “And he’s definitely right up there. … He’s a great guy to compete against, man.
“I wish I could play against him every night because he brings that competitive nature out of you.”
Durant, in the meantime, has been backed to wrestle the regular season MVP crown away from James this season, but the Oklahoma City forward isn’t worrying him about that, saying he’s just looking to have fun every time he steps on the court.
“I’m just going out there and having fun, man,” Durant said. “I’m just trying to play. I’m not coming in saying, `I’ve got to do this.’
“I’m not one of those guys that predetermines anything. I just go off how the game is played and the defense teams are throwing at me and just play and be aggressive that way.
“I’m just enjoying it and having fun with it and taking it a day at a time.”
In the other game streaming live on WatchESPN and ESPN TV channel, the San Antonio Spurs will take on the Chicago Bulls.
The Spurs (33-12) comes into Wednesday night’s clash with the Bulls looking to rebound quickly from the 97-90 defeat suffered against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. It was also their first back-to-back defeats this season, following the 113-101 defeat to the Heat on Sunday.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich also revealed that guard Manu Ginobili is experiencing tightness in his left hamstring and will not play in the game.
Elsewhere on the night, the Los Angeles Clippers, on a three game winning streak, will tackle the Washington Wizards, while the improving Memphis Grizzlies, who beat the Portland Trail Blazers 98-81 on Tuesday for their third straight victory, will look to continue that run against a Sacramento Kings side which has dropped four straight.
Meanwhile, NBA scores from the games that took place on Tuesday night are also below.
Also in the NBA standings following those clashes as things begins to heat up in the Western Conference.
NBA Scores, Results and Records on Jan. 28
Indiana Pacers 104 (35-9), Los Angeles Lakers 92 (16-30)
Memphis Grizzlies 98 (23-20), Portland Trail Blazers 81 (33-13)
Houston Rockets 97 (30-17), San Antonio Spurs 90 (33-12)
Washington Wizards 88 (22-22), Golden State Warriors 85 (27-19)
New York Knicks 114 (18-27), Boston Celtics 88 (15-32)
Detroit Pistons 103 (18-27), Orlando Magic 87 (12-34)
New Orleans Pelicans 100 (19-25), Cleveland Cavaliers 89 (16-29)
NBA Live Streaming and TV Channels, Fixtures on Jan. 29
Wednesday, January 29
Oklahoma City at Miami 7:00 PM FSOK, SUN, WatchESPN, ESPN
Philadelphia at Boston 7:30 PM CSN, CSNN
Chicago at San Antonio 9:30 PM CSNC, KENS, WatchESPN, ESPN
Washington at LA Clippers 10:30 PM CSNB, FSW2
Orlando at Toronto 7:00 PM FSFL, TSN2
Detroit at Atlanta 7:30 PM FSDT, TSOH
Phoenix at Milwaukee 8:00 PM FSAZ, FSWI
New Orleans at Minnesota 8:00 PM Fox Sports New Orleans, FSN
Houston at Dallas 8:30 PM CSN Houston, FSSW
Charlotte at Denver 9:00 PM TSOH, ALT
Memphis at Sacramento 10:00 PM TSOH, CSAC