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A year later, some like Christmas NBA start better

Updated: December 26, 2012, 2:59 PM ET
Associated Press

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By BRIAN MAHONEY

AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK -- Doc Rivers left home for the holiday, lost the game, and loved every minute of it.

"That was perfect," Rivers said, recalling the Boston Celtics' 2011-12 season opener. "I just think it was awesome."

A year after the NBA started its season on Christmas out of necessity, Rivers and others think it's something the league should consider doing regularly. The 2011-12 schedule consisted of 66 games, ...

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