The Thunder is 4-4 all-time against Miami in the regular season…OKC's next game is Thursday at 7 p.m. against Dallas (12-16) at Chesapeake Energy Arena. All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki (knee surgery) made his season debut Sunday night in a 129-91 loss at San Antonio and finished with eight points and six rebounds in 20 minutes…The Thunder is 2-0 on Tuesdays this season and 8-1 in December.
Thunder guard Kevin Martin donated to the City Rescue Mission’s FeedOKCNow program through his youth foundation.
As part of his $5,000 donation, more than 2,800 meals can be served to children and families in Oklahoma City and will put the City Rescue Mission closer to meeting its goal of providing 675,000 meals by Dec. 31.
The Kevin Martin Youth Foundation works to make life better for children and communities and supports organizations that provide means for children to play organized sports. It also fosters a positive environment where they can learn commitment and discipline.
The City Rescue Mission serves Oklahoma City’s homeless population, providing services such as a shelter, meals, recovery programs and a medical clinic. For more information on the FeedOKCNow program, visit www.feedokcnow.org.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: “We've earned this right to play on Christmas. I take it as a good thing. The last time we weren't playing on Christmas we were a bad basketball team.”
BY THE NUMBERS
15 — Number of Christmas Day appearances for Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, the most games played on Christmas Day. Dolph Schayes, Earl Monroe and Shaquille O'Neal each played in 13 Christmas Day games.
22 — Most Christmas day wins by a team: New York Knicks (Lakers have 20).
23 — Number of international players on Christmas Day rosters, representing 16 countries and territories.
29 — Number of All-Stars playing: Lakers (5); Miami (5); Chicago (4); New York (4); Boston (3); Brooklyn (3); Thunder (2); Clippers (2); Denver (1).
48 — This will the 48th Christmas Day appearance for the Knicks, who helped tip off the tradition in 1947. The Los Angeles Lakers will play for the 39th time and the Boston Celtics for the 29th.
215 — Number of countries games will air.
217 — All-time number of Christmas Day games played.