However, it's not the first time the city has hosted some of the NBA's brightest stars. Before the Olympic Games last summer the Standard Life GB men took on the USA in a warm up event at the MEN Arena which saw the visitors win 118-78 before going on to claim Olympic gold.
Talking to BBC Sport ahead of tonight's game, NBA star Kevin Durant promised to give UK fans of the sport a good show, he said: "As players we've just to play our hardest and give the people a show.
"We've just got to go out there and be ourselves and hopefully they'll enjoy it and more people start going to matches over here."
The new NBA season starts on October 29 but the NBA will return to England in January when the Brooklyn Nets take on the Atlanta Hawks in a regular-season game at London's O2 Arena.