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By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) -- A five-pack of NBA games provides the holiday cheer this Christmas Day. Unfortunately, only two of them provide a match-up of winning teams.

The Los Angeles Clippers take a five-game winning streak into their game against Golden State in a meeting of two of the top three teams in the Pacific Division. The Clippers at 20-9 enjoy a four-game edge over the Warriors. David Lee is on a tear for Golden State with nine straight double-doubles.

San Antonio hosts Houston in a battle of the top two teams in the Southwest Division. The 22-6 Spurs hold a 4 1/2 game lead over the Rockets. Houston is hoping to have leading scorer James Harden back after he's missed the last two games with a sprained left ankle.

The top two scorers in the league could battle it out when the Knicks host Oklahoma City. The Thunder's Kevin Durant takes a 28.1 average into the game while New York's Carmelo Anthony is averaging 26.3. However, Anthony has a sprained left ankle and is expected to be a game-time decision.

Miami also has won five in a row heading into Los Angeles for a date with the Lakers. The Heat are one of only two teams with a winning record in the Eastern Conference, topping the Southeast Division with a 21-6 mark. The anticipated match-up of LeBron James and the Lakers Kobe Bryant won't happen because Bryant is sidelined with a fracture near his knee.

A pair of sub-.500 teams tip off the festivities when the Nets host Chicago.


Cowboys to welcome Kitna

UNDATED (AP) -- Dallas welcomes a new quarterback to the team at practice today in case Tony Romo is a no-go in Sunday's game against Philadelphia that will decide the NFC East title. Romo's status is uncertain after he suffered a back injury in Sunday's win over Washington. Dallas reported on its website that 41-year old Jon Kitna would come out of retirement to join the team for Christmas practice, if he passes a physical. Kitna would be an emergency quarterback, with Kyle Orton getting the start if Romo is a no-go.


Title on the line in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) -- No. 14 Iowa State and Boise State battle for the title in the Diamondhead Classic tournament in Honolulu. The Cyclones are off to a 10-0 start for the second time in school history. The Broncos enter the game with a 10-2 mark.


Another day off

UNDATED (AP) -- NHL arenas are dark for Christmas, giving teams their second of three days off in a holiday hiatus. The break ends Friday with a ten-game schedule that includes a Western Conference showdown between Anaheim and Chicago. The Ducks have a nine-game winning streak working and enjoy a one-point lead over the Blackhawks for the best record in the league.

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