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NBA games highlight Christmas Day action on TSN

TSN.ca Staff

12/25/2012 3:13:44 PM

TSN has the perfect Christmas present for the basketball lover in your family with some marquee hardcourt match-ups, as Linsanity makes its way to Chicago in the fourth game of the day.

Watch the Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls live on TSN at 8pm et/5pm pt.

The Rockets head into the Windy City having won their last three, including Jeremy Lin's return to Madison Square Garden and a pair of 30-plus-point performances by James Harden over Philadelphia and Memphis.

The back-court pair has clicked of late with the Rockets jumping to the right side of .500 for the first time since early November on its current streak.

The Bulls have held on to the top spot in the central despite playing the first half without Derrick Rose, who remains out indefinitely as he rehabs an ACL injury.

Stepping up in Rose's absence have been Joakim Noah, who has averaged a double-double per game so far in 2012-13 and Luol Deng, who leads the team in both points and minutes per game.

Chicago's stingy defence has led the way this month, with no opposition player having topped 30 points in any of the team's last 10 contests.

The Rockets won the only previous meeting between the two clubs this season, taking the Bulls down 93-89 in Houston on Nov. 21.

The day's high five wraps up with the Blake Show turning up on the Late Show.

Watch the Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers live on TSN at 10:30pm et/7:30pm pt.

The Clippers have capitalized on the Lakers' uninspiring start to hold down top spot in the Pacific.

Riding a win streak that just hit a baker's dozen Sunday in Phoenix, the Clippers have proven so far this season that they're capable of keeping pace with traditional powerhouses like San Antonio as well as the defending Western champs from OKC.

Blake Griffin has led the charge for the Clips, averaging 20 points per game since the calendar turned to December.

The Nuggets have stayed in the Western Conference playoff picture so far this season, despite having played more road games than any other NBA team.

The team has also found a measure of consistency of late, winning four out of its last five. The team streaked from the win column to the loss column in almost equal measure to start the year. The Nuggets entered December with an 8-9 record on the back of two four-game win streaks broken up by a trio of three-game losing streaks.

Denver will have a chance to grow accustomed to Hollywood's style of ball with three of its next five games coming against Los Angeles' two clubs.