Heat vs. Lakers headlines NBA's Christmas schedule, according to report

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant will go at it on Dec. 25 once again, as the NBA released its Christmas Day schedule of games on Tuesday.

The NBA hasn't released its full schedule yet, but it's looking like the defending champion Miami Heat will face the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant remain the league's two most marketable superstars, despite the discrepancy of where each player is in terms of their career. Bryant is coming off a devastating injury and will be 35-years-old, while James is coming of his second straight NBA title and is in his prime. Still, the game figures to remain a big draw and will headline the day's action.

New York City, naturally, will be buzzing on Dec. 25.

Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony will put on a scoring exhibition when the Oklahoma City Thunder visit Madison Square Garden to face the New York Knicks. Though New York was originally thought to meet their cross-town rivals, the Brooklyn Nets will host the Chicago Bulls instead.

The report also states that the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets will each be on the road, but their opponents are not yet known.

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