NBA feast of 5 games on tap for Christmas

December 24, 2012 

Ready to feast on the NBA’s Christmas Day lineup of nationally televised games? The holiday tradition will resume Tuesday, unwrapping five games that will feature the league’s biggest stars and most popular teams:

Boston Celtics (13-13) at Brooklyn Nets (14-12)

noon, ESPN

The struggling Celtics open a four-game road trip at the slumping Nets, who have lost eight of 11 games after a sizzling start.

New York Knicks (20-7) at Los Angeles Lakers (13-14)

3 p.m., ABC

The Knicks are led by an MVP frontrunner in Carmelo Anthony, who visits two former MVPs in Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. Their Lakers have won four in a row.

Oklahoma City Thunder (21-5) at Miami Heat (18-6)

5:30 p.m., ABC

The Heat’s LeBron James and the Thunder’s Kevin Durant are showcased in an NBA Finals rematch and the day’s headline matchup.

Revenge on minds of OKC players?

Houston Rockets (14-12) at Chicago Bulls (15-11)

8 p.m., ESPN

The Rockets’ magnetic backcourt of James Harden and Jeremy Lin makes a Christmas Day debut against the surprising Bulls, who are still awaiting the return of injured star Derrick Rose.

Denver Nuggets (15-13) at Los Angeles Clippers (21-6)

10:30 p.m., ESPN

Former ACC point guards collide – the Nuggets’ Ty Lawson (North Carolina) vs. Chris Paul (Wake Forest) of the Clippers.

The Clippers have a league-best 13 consecutive wins.

Harry Pickett

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