The NBA's hottest team will be playing at home in Los Angeles, and it's the Clippers, not the Lakers. There's also a finals rematch in Miami and Kobe vs. the Knicks.

A five-game slate makes up the NBA's Christmas schedule, which this year comes with the bonus of not being the first day back after a lockout forced the cancellation of the opening portion of last season.

Miami and Oklahoma City will be bringing the best records in their respective conferences into their first matchup since the Heat won the NBA title.

Also, New York will face its ex-coach, Mike D'Antoni, when it plays the Lakers.

Los Angeles will be the center of the league's Christmas bash, with two games at Staples Center on the same day. Finish the Knicks-Lakers, clear the court, and fans in L.A. get a second present -- the NBA's best team of late. The Clippers, riding a franchise-record 13-game win streak, close the five-pack of games against Denver.

Kings: Sacramento reinstated DeMarcus Cousins after a one-game suspension for "unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team." Cousins and coach Keith Smart exchanged words in the locker room during halftime of a loss at the Clippers on Friday. Smart ordered Cousins to remain in the locker room for the second half. Cousins wasn't with the team during Sunday's win over Portland.


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Warriors: The team recalled Kent Bazemore and Jeremy Tyler from the Santa Cruz Warriors. Both played in the D-League team's 93-88 win over Bakersfield on Sunday.

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