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OKC Thunder players excited for Christmas showdown in New York

THUNDER NOTEBOOK — Kevin Durant hopes to continue stellar play on Christmas Day. Reggie Jackson knows ‘it's gonna be magical'
by Anthony Slater Published: December 24, 2013

In the NBA, there's likely not a bigger stage than Madison Square Garden.

In the regular season, there's likely not a bigger stage than Christmas.

Combined them together and you get the Thunder's holiday plans, with a 1:30 central time tip set for Christmas Day against the Knicks in New York.

“It's gonna be magical,” guard Reggie Jackson said. “It's one of those (things), hopefully I have a realization that it's Madison Square Garden…It's gonna be something special for me personally.”

Because of its current standing among the league's elite, OKC has played on Christmas each of the past three seasons, going 2-1 in games against the Heat, Magic and Nuggets.

But this is the first time the Thunder has battled the Knicks on Christmas, a historic franchise that has played an NBA-high 47 games on the holiday, going 22-25 in those contests.

“It's a privilege to play on Christmas,” Kevin Durant said. “It'll be fun.”


Within this seemingly lopsided matchup is an always-intriguing personal showdown between top scorers.

Durant and Carmelo Anthony, a duo that has combined for the NBA's last four scoring titles, are once again first and second in the league this year. Durant is averaging 28.1 points, Anthony 26.3.

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