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Christmas basketball games attract many viewers

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Usually I wait until after the first day of spring to watch my first non-Knicks NBA action, but Thursday I did catch the ends of both the Spurs-Suns and Celtics-Lakers tilts.

Good stuff.

The Finals rematch was the highest-rated NBA regular-season game in four years, averaging 5.3 percent of homes. That's 51 percent higher than last year's equivalent Christmas game on ABC between the Suns and Lakers (3.5).

The game attracted 9.96 million viewers, way better than last year (5.98 million).

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