Miami Heat star LeBron James has insisted that he thrives on facing immensely talented rivals ahead of tonight's latest showdown with Kevin Durant, as the Oklahoma prepare to host the defending NBA champions later tonight.
James scored a season-best 42 points on his return to Miami from the All-Star break against the Dallas Mavericks earlier this week, reaching peak form ahead of resuming his rivalry with Durant, who is widely considered to be the leading candidate in the MVP race.
Much of the pre-match discussion as revolved around the star pair squaring off, with even James eventually conceding that while team play will always be his primary focus a duel with Durant is always something to relish.
James told the Orlando Sentinel: "I focus on the team game. I play team basketball. I've always played that way.
"Obviously myself and Kevin are trying to do great things individually, and when we get that matchup, it is fun."
The Thunder were victorious the last time the two NBA giants squared off earlier this season, emerging 112-95 demolition in Miami earlier this season which saw Durant knock down 33 points.
Oklahoma coach Scott Brooks could have Russel Westbrook available tonight after being out since December following knee surgery, although the Miami match is widely expected to come too soon.