NBA Christmas schedule 2012: Rockets head to Chicago for primetime matchup

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls will take center stage Christmas night on ESPN, when they square off from the United Center.

The Houston Rockets will put a three-game winning streak on the line Christmas night when they visit the Chicago Bulls for a primetime game on ESPN.

James Harden has led the Rockets in scoring in five of their last six games, in which Houston is 5-1. The Rockets defeated the Bulls, 93-89, on Nov. 21 in Houston.

The consistently inconsistent Bulls have won four out of six games coming into this one, highlighted by a victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. They're led by Luol Deng's 17.6 points per game.

The Rockets-Bulls game will tip off at 7 p.m. CT and is one of five games on Christmas Day. NBA action gets underway Tuesday at 11 a.m. CT when the Celtics visit the Brooklyn Nets. The Lakers host the Knicks at 2 p.m., while the Thunder and Heat play at 5:30 p.m. in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals. The Nuggets and Clippers finish the holiday with a 9:30 p.m. tip.

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