LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Derrick
Rose all shined as the NBA tipped off in style on Christmas Day
with some sparkling action putting aside memories of the five
month long lockout.
The Miami Heat immediately showed why they are title
favorites by beating last season's champions the Dallas
Mavericks, while the New York Knicks enjoyed a surprise victory
over the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden and the Chicago
Bulls produced a great comeback to beat the Los Angeles Lakers.
The games were part of a five-game opening day to the
delayed and reduced 66-game regular season after the dispute
between players and owners over a new collective contract ended
earlier this month.
When they finally reached a new collective bargaining
agreement, that was ratified on Dec. 8, the teams had just 17
days to get their rosters filled, hold brief training camps,
complete a couple of warm-ups and get ready for Sunday's
The opening day quickly gave fans a taste of what was at