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Open Thread: 2012 Christmas Day NBA Games

By / 12.25.12

Oklahoma City Thunder (21-5) @ Miami Heat (18-6)

Time: 5:30 p.m. EST

Line: Miami (-2.5)

A rematch of the 2012 Finals, the Thunder return to the scene of the crime arguably a better team than when they left. There’s not much hype required for a game featuring six players arguably in the top 25 and the two best in LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The Heat’s defense has appeared to turn the corner taking more of an identity of last year’s squad by not allowing an opponent over 100 points since the Knicks kicked their teeth in December 6. Both teams respect the magnitude of what’s seen as a statement game some month-and-a-half before the All Star break. Oklahoma City is out for blood proving last June is just that, in the past. Miami, on the other hand, understands exactly what OKC is out to confirm in front of a national audience. After all, they were in this exact same scenario this time 365 days ago in Dallas.

Must-See TV: LeBron James (33 pts, 12 rebs, 9 asts, 4 stls, 2 blks) Vs. Kevin Durant (38 pts, 10 rebs, 5 asts, 2 blks)

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