NBA Christmas Day 2012 schedule: Bulls host Rockets in battle of former teammates

Bruce Bennett

Joakim Noah and the Bulls welcome back former teammate Omer Asik when they face the Rockets on Christmas Day.

The Chicago Bulls host the Houston Rockets in the fourth of five NBA games on Christmas Day. The game features a matchup of two of the league's best young centers in Joakim Noah and Omer Asik, who played together in Chicago the past two seasons.

The Bulls have been playing well despite the absence of Derrick Rose. They are currently in a battle with the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers at the top of the Central Division, thanks in large part to the play of Noah. The center's making a case for his first All-Star game with his strong all-around play.

For the Rockets, Asik is averaging a double-double in his first season in Houston. James Harden has also been dynamite with his new team, as he finds himself among the top five in the league in points per game. The Rockets have been up-and-down this year, but they have been playing well lately.

Chicago fell to Houston in the first meeting between the two teams back on Nov. 21, with Harden's 28 points leading all scorers.

The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets kick off the action on Christmas Day. That game is followed by the New York Knicks visiting the Los Angeles Lakers, and then a rematch of last year's NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Los Angeles Clippers host the Denver Nuggets in the nightcap.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.