Boston Sports On TV, Dec. 11: Knicks, Nets square off with Boston teams idle

Boston sports fans have some time to soak in the New England Patriots' completely dominant win over the Houston Texans Monday night, as all Boston sports teams are inactive. There's other stuff on TV, notably a pair of intriguing NBA games, but it features out-of-town squads:

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NBA: New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets, 7 p.m., ESPN: The NBA's newest crosstown rivalry has turned out to be a relevant one, as both squads are above the Celtics in the Atlantic Division standings. The Knicks are tops in the East at 15-5 with a pair of commanding wins over the Miami Heat, but they dropped their only matchup with the Nets thus far, a 96-89 overtime affair where both sides clanged away and the Knicks fell short, despite 35 from Carmelo Anthony and 28 on only 13 shots from Tyson Chandler. Brook Lopez, who led the Nets in scoring that night, is out for Brooklyn, and they've lost four straight without him.

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Chicago Bulls, 9:30 p.m., ESPN: The Clippers have won six straight, and its more than just ridiculous finishes on Chris Paul passes by Blake Griffin, although there's plenty of that. They're solid on defense and Jamal Crawford is having one of his best years, averaging 17.9 points on near career-best shooting from the field. The Bulls have also won three straight and are managing to stay afloat even without Derrick Rose, thanks to Luol Deng's scoring and Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah in the frontcourt.

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Elsewhere:

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College basketball: West Virginia vs. Duquesne, 7 p.m., CBS Sports Network

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St. Joseph's vs. Villanova, 7 p.m., ESPNU

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Premier League Soccer: Sunderland vs. Reading, 2:30 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel

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