Thunder v. Heat

NBA giants go to court in OKC.

LeBron James and the Miami Heat challenge Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder Thursday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.  Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images, courtesy OKC Thunder

LeBron James and the Miami Heat challenge Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder Thursday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images, courtesy OKC Thunder

Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.

Forget about LeBron James’ latest jabs in the media at Kevin Durant. The real tension worth noting in Thursday night’s match between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat will be on the court. After the Thunder beat Miami 112-95 on Jan. 29, James and his teammates will be looking for redemption at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave., Oklahoma City. Revenge might be more accurate – the Heat isn’t used to being beaten at home. With Russell Westbrook anticipated to rejoin Durant and the rest of the team Thursday, the Thunder (which has held up just fine in his absence) will make it harder than James and the Heat expect. OKC is the current top-ranked team in the NBA Western Conference, and Miami is ranked second behind the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference. Game time is at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20. Catch the broadcast on TNT cable network or try your luck at the available resale tickets at www.ticketmaster.com. The arena has sold out.