NBA Christmas Day schedule 2012: Celtics kick off marathon day of hoops

Christopher Pasatieri

The Boston Celtics play the Brooklyn Nets in the first of five NBA games on Christmas, including an NBA Finals rematch and a showdown between Mike D'Antoni and his former team.

The Boston Celtics play at noon, but they're one of just five NBA games spanning the entirety of Christmas Day. Here's a look at who's playing and the TV schedule for a holiday filled with hoops:

Noon, Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets, ESPN: Neither team has been playing their best ball of late, as the Celtics look to get back at the Nets for a pair of losses earlier in the season.

3 p.m., New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers, ABC: The Knicks have been one of the elite teams in the league thus far at 20-7, while the Lakers have famously struggled. But they've won four straight, and now Steve Nash is back to play under his old coach Mike D'Antoni, who faces the Knicks for the second time in his tenure with Los Angeles.

5:30 p.m., Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat, ABC: Not many games could be better on paper than an NBA Finals rematch between the best team in each conference. Both teams have added elite shooters since June, with the Heat bringing in Ray Allen and Kevin Martin shooting 45 percent from deep on the year for the Thunder.

8 p.m., Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls, ESPN: This might be the time to say hi to your family. The Rockets have gone above .500 thanks to a three-game winning streak, while the Bulls have won seven of 10 to take the top spot in the Central Division.

10:30 p.m., Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN: The second game of the day at the Staples Center features the hottest team in the NBA, a Clippers squad that's won 13 straight -- and they haven't just been wins, they've been blowouts, as the Clips have won eight of those by 15 points or more.

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