LeBron James' Miami Heat return tops epic Christmas Day NBA schedule

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Settling down on Christmas Day to watch some NBA action has, over the past 50 years, become as synonymous with the big day as opening presents under the tree or sitting down for that elaborate Christmas dinner.

And whilst there have been some classic moments played out on the holiday in years gone by, 2014's Christmas Day schedule might just be the best yet.

The return

Topping the bill has to be the return (not to be mistaken for the homecoming) of LeBron James to Miami.

Playing at the American Airlines Arena for the first time since leaving the Heat to move back home to Cleveland this offseason, the eyes of the basketball world will be watching to see just what kind of a reaction the four-time NBA MVP will receive from the fans who used to adore him.

With the Miami Heat having a down season in his absence - 12-14 and sitting in an unusually lowly seventh spot in the Eastern Conference - they will be desperate to grab a win as their former star arrives in town.

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Fans will have been hoping to see LeBron reunited on the court with the two other members of the now disbanded 'Big Three', but will Chris Bosh out for an extended period with a calf strain and Dwyane Wade struggling for consistent fitness they may have to wait a little longer.

Should Wade fail to feature LeBron James has the opportunity to pass his long time friend and move into second place on a very specific scoring list. Currently with 215 points, LeBron needs just 13 more to bypass Wade in the list of top active Christmas Day scorers.

Kobe Bryant is streaks ahead though having registered 383 Xmas Day points to date.

Lakers and other big names feature

Kobe will be making a record-extending 16th Christmas Day appearance as the Lakers take on the Chicago Bulls in a battle of two of the NBA's biggest market teams.

Elsewhere the Golden State Warriors, the NBA's form team, will travel to take on the Los Angeles Clippers as the season's highest scoring backcourt duo of Klay Thompson and Steph Curry take on the Clippers own bucket-happy pairing of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

Oklahoma City Thunder meanwhile take on reigning NBA Champions the San Antonio Spurs but only after the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards get the festive action started with the first televised game of the day.

With the Knicks currently enduring one of the franchise's worst starts to a season they will hoping that their record 50th Christmas Day appearance will bring them some much needed cheer.

To catch up on all the Christmas Day NBA action make sure to tune into BT Sport who will be showing all five match ups live throughout the day.

LA Lakers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Golden State Warriors
Washington Wizards
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
LA Clippers
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Miami Heat
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
New York Knicks
Atlantic Division
LeBron James
Chicago Bulls
Kobe Bryant

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