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NBA Christmas schedule 2012: Heat face Thunder in Finals rematch

The highlight of Christmas Day is the first meeting between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder since last year's NBA Finals, with four other games rounding out one of the biggest and best basketball days of the year.

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The Miami Heat are featured on Christmas Day in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals, but there's tons more NBA action on tap Tuesday as the league has quality games on deck from noon to midnight. Here's a look at the full schedule:

12 p.m., ESPN, Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets: The last time these two teams met, there was an on-court scuffle that saw Rajon Rondo, Kris Humphries, and Gerald Wallace ejected, so hopefully they'll be on their good behavior for Christmas. Both teams are battling for playoff position hanging near .500 in the Atlantic Division.

3 p.m., ABC, New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Mike D'Antoni faces his old squad for the second time, just two weeks after the Knicks scored 41 points in the first quarter of a blowout win. Carmelo Anthony has New York with one of the best records in the Eastern Conference, and although the Lakers have struggled mightily, they've got Steve Nash back and have won four straight.

5:30 p.m., ABC, Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat: Take last year's finals teams, take out James Harden, and add Ray Allen and Kevin Martin, and you have the teams with the best record in each conference. This is their first meeting since Miami took the championship in Game 5.

8 p.m., ESPN, Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls: Harden has Houston on a three-game winning streak, while Chicago has been an above-average team even without Derrick Rose, thanks to the second-best defense in the league.

10:30 p.m., ESPN, Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers: The Clippers are the hottest team in the league, riding a 13-game win streak into the second game at the Staples Center of the day. They haven't just been winning; they've been running their opposition out of the gym, with 10 of those 13 wins coming by double digits.

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