There are 11 games on the NBA schedule Wednesday night, but the majority of the focus will be on AmericanAirlines Arena, where the two best players in the world will be squaring off. Let's talk about it, shall we?
Main course: Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat
7 p.m. ET, ESPN
LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant. It doesn't really get much better than this. And with Durant staking his claim as the MVP frontrunner, one has to imagine James will have a little extra pep in his step.
Durant, quite simply, is otherworldly right now. He's averaging 36.9 points on 54.0 percent shooting in January. He's coming off a 41-point game that saw him hit a game-winner over a double team against the Atlanta Hawks. He basically can do no wrong, leading the Thunder on an eight-game winning streak.
Then there's James, who's cruising along this season with a robust shooting percentage of 57.9 percent. In most seasons, James' numbers would be MVP worthy, but not this year. Not with Durant playing like he is.
Dessert: Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks
8:30 p.m. ET
The second game on ESPN features the San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls, which certainly looked like a good idea before the season. But now everybody is hurt, so that one has little appeal. Instead, focus your attention on another game in Texas.
The Rockets and Mavs have already played three times this season, with Dallas winning two of those meetings. All three of the previous games were of the shootout variety, so expect plenty of points.
Other games (all times ET)
Detroit Pistons at Atlanta Hawks, 7:30 p.m. (postponed due to weather)
Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs, 9:30 p.m.