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NBA Christmas schedule 2012: Prepare for basketball nirvana

The Heat, Lakers and Clippers emerged victorious on Christmas Day. Here's our complete coverage of the five games.

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The sneakers of Christmas

A look at some of the shoes NBA stars wore on Christmas.

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Thunder breakdown

The Heat took advantage of some Thunder breakdowns down the stretch to win the Christmas Day headliner. Here's a recap of all five games.

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Clippers roll over Nuggets for 14th straight win

The Los Angeles Clippers' bench put on another marvelous performance in leading the team to a 112-100 win over the Denver Nuggets in the Christmas finale.

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Blake Griffin lost his legs

The Clippers' star was so high in the air that he was able to tuck his legs behind his body.

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Clippers lead Denver at half

The Clippers picked up 38 bench points in the first half to grab a comfortable 19-point lead over Denver at the break.

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Matt Barnes' Christmas sweater

This sweater ...

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Rockets cruise past Bulls

The Houston Rockets racked up 36 third-quarter points Tuesday night to spoil Christmas for the Chicago Bulls.

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Heat, LeBron beat Thunder, Durant, 103-97

LeBron James and the Miami Heat edged Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, 103-97, behind the reigning MVP's 29 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists.

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Russell Westbrook mad

Here's how he reacted after missing a potential game-tying three-point attempt.

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Lil Wayne is freaking out about something

Lil Wayne is a huge fan of all 30 teams in the NBA, depending on who is winning at the current moment. Today, he's either a fan of the Thunder or the Heat. I'm not sure which. It depends on the quarter.

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No more finger rolls, Kevin Martin

Because this was ugly.

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KD is good at basketball

Remember how LeBron James dominated the first half? Well, he's not the only superstar in this game. Kevin Durant wanted to make sure you didn't forget.

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LeBron is dominating

The Heat star had 13 second-quarter points to lead Miami to a six-point halftime lead over the Thunder.

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ESPN trolls Seattle, Cleveland

Well, this is fun. During the Oklahoma City vs. Miami game, ESPN's graphics crew felt it was necessary to make everybody in Cleveland and Seattle sad.

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Heat off to fast start

Mario Chalmers has 12 points and the Heat lead after the first quarter.

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Lakers beat Knicks, 100-94, behind Kobe's 34

In Steve Nash's second game back after fracturing his leg, the Lakers won their fifth straight game and moved to .500 with a win over Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks, 100-94, on Christmas Day.

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Kobe can't believe that call

The official's made some interesting calls in the Knicks vs. Lakers game on Christmas Day. Some of them were particularly shocking to Kobe Bryant.

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Steve Novak needs some Novakaine

Steve Novak was clocked and went down Tuesday, courtesy of a Metta World Peace elbow.

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D'Antoni kick-saves a possession

The Lakers' coach has quick feet.

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Melo catches fire in the third

The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are locked in a tough game through three quarters. The third quarter was basically the Carmelo Anthony show, as he piled up 17 points in the period.

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Samuel L. Jackson and Kobe are best friends

Samuel L. Jackson and Kobe are the best of friends. Check them out sharing a nice, sweaty high-five as Kobe heads to the locker room.

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Metta World Peace is an actor

Metta World Peace failed as a rapper. Maybe he has a career as an actor? He's getting a head start with this flop against JR Smith and the Knicks.

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MWP stars as Lakers lead at halftime

Metta World Peace scored 16 second-quarter points to lead the Lakers to a two-point halftime lead over the Knicks.

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Dwight Howard travels just a little

They don't often call traveling in the NBA unless it's super obvious. Unfortunately for Dwight Howard, this was super obvious.

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Kobe off to a fast start

Kobe Bryant is off to a fast start, and the Lakers lead by two after one quarter.

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Knicks jerseys hurt our eyes

You know what would be really cool? Insanely bright orange jerseys that blind everybody who looks at them.

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Dwight in 101 characters

This is the essence of Howard.

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Kobe's fur coat

Kobe Bryant has a very, uh, interesting sense of style. Don't believe me? Check out this super awesome fur coat that he's rocking for the Los Angeles Lakers game against the New York Knicks on Christmas Day.

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Camby to return against Lakers

New York Knicks center Marcus Camby will return from injury against the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day, after missing New York's last 14 games because of plantar fascitis.

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Don't grab KG's shorts

Things got chippy between the Nets and Celtics again. This time, Gerald Wallace and Kevin Garnett exchanged words after Wallace grabbed Garnett's shorts.

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The Lakers stay hilarious

Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard have different Christmas traditions.

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Carmelo is scoring 50 now

How else to explain this?

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The worst outlet pass you'll ever see

Just a professional basketball player getting hit by his own teammate.

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Andray Blatche's latest blooper

This is Andray Blatche's newest blooper.

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Rajon Rondo's green shoes.

The Celtics' guard is wearing a green Nike shoe on Christmas.

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Can the Clippers keep it going?

The Los Angeles Clippers have won 13 in a row. Can they make it 14 with a late-night game against the Denver Nuggets?

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Harden, Rockets battle Bulls' stifling D

Can James Harden and the Rockets' high-powered offense overcome the Bulls' stingy defense?

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This rematch should be good

The Thunder and Heat meet in a Finals rematch. This one should be better than last year's Christmas Day Finals rematch.

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Average price of Christmas Day games is $400

Five games are selling for an average of more than $400 on the secondary market, according to TiqIQ.

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Can L.A. get it together?

The return of Steve Nash helped lead the Lakers to a win over the Warriors on Saturday. Can they keep it going against the Knicks?

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Expect fireworks

The last Celtics-Nets game included a brawl and a suspension. What will the Christmas Day rematch bring?

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How to watch Heat vs. Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat play each other in highlight basketball matchup at 5:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Celtics, Nets lead off NBA Christmas

The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets lead off the Christmas Day presents from the NBA with a terrific Atlantic Division tango between two regional rivals.

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How to watch Rockets vs. Bulls

The Houston Rockets and the Chicago Bulls are the fourth of a five game Christmas slate for the NBA.

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NBA Viewing Guide: Christmas edition

Paul Flannery prepares you for the NBA's Christmas quintuple-header, including talking points to use with the family.

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How to watch the Clippers and Nuggets game

The Denver Nuggets head on the road to take on the Los Angeles Clippers in the first of three meetings between the two teams this season.

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How to watch Knicks vs. Lakers on Christmas Day

The Christmas Day game pits Mike D'Antoni against his former team for the first time since taking over as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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