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NBA schedules Christmas day game for LeBron and Cavs at Miami

NBA schedules Christmas day game for LeBron and Cavs at Miami

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James celebrates during Game 1 in the second round of the NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics Saturday, May 1, 2010, in Cleveland. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Mark Duncan

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James will play his first game since rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers at home on Oct. 30 against New York, then return to Miami for the first time on Christmas.

The NBA regular season will open Oct. 28, with the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs hosting the Dallas Mavericks in one of the three games that night.

The league released its schedule, featuring a lengthened All-Star break, on Wednesday night during an NBA TV special, with James’ return to his original NBA team putting the Cavaliers in a number of prime positions.

That includes the game at Miami in the third spot on the five-game Christmas schedule, traditionally a highlight of the NBA season. James led the Heat to two championships and four NBA Finals appearances in four years before deciding to return to his native Ohio.

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