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Thunder vs. Heat 2012 NBA Christmas Day: Preview and TV schedule

A rematch of the 2012 NBA Finals is happening on Christmas Day as the Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Miami Heat.

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A rematch of the 2012 NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat is the marquee NBA game on Christmas Day. This is the first time the two teams have met since the Heat won the 2012 NBA title. Both teams are performing well this season and are on top of their respective conferences.

The Thunder being the best in West is a mild surprise since they traded James Harden just before the season. Their offense is still as explosive with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and they hold the second best offense in the league. The Heat are right there as the No. 4 offense, so this game should be an offensive showdown.

An interesting note about scoring is that LeBron James recently came out and said that he does not think it is not his main job to score points:

"If I wanted to, I could lead the league in scoring, but that's not my job here," James said.

"My job is to do a lot of everything -- rebounding, passing and defending so that takes away from my scoring. I've done (the scoring title) before. I'm capable of doing it, but my game sometimes doesn't allow me to have those big nights."

Despite James saying that scoring is not his job, he has scored at least 20 points in his first 23 games, and that has not been done since Karl Malone did it back in 1989.

The Heat have won six of their last seven games while the Thunder just lost to the Timberwolves, but prior to that, Oklahoma City had won 12 straight games.

Game time: 5:30 p.m. ET

Location: AmericanAirlines Arena


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