Top teams set for fistful of matchups on Christmas Day
December 23, 2012, 12:01 am TWN
LOS ANGELES--Kobe Bryant will stretch his NBA record for most Christmas games played and the New York Knicks will make a record 48th appearance on the holiday as part of five NBA games set for Dec. 25.
The matchups, available to fans in 47 languages over 215 nations, begin at 1700 GMT with Boston at Brooklyn followed by the Knicks at Los Angeles to face Bryant and the Lakers.
Oklahoma City will visit Miami in a rematch of last season's NBA Finals followed by the Houston Rockets, featuring Asian-American star Jeremy Lin, at Chicago and the final game will find Denver at the Los Angeles Clippers.
Excluding Americans, there will be 23 players from 16 nations competing on Christmas, including Spain's Pau Gasol for the Lakers, Britain's Luol Deng for Chicago and Frenchman Ronny Turiaf of the Clippers.
Canada's injured Steve Nash is also expected to make a Christmas return for the Lakers.