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Report: LeBron James, Cavaliers to play Heat on Christmas Day

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will play the Miami Heat in Miami on Christmas Day, marking the first time LeBron James will play his former team, the Miami Herald reports

James announced he would return to Cleveland earlier this month, after spending the past four seasons with the Heat, leading them to two championships.

The NBA schedule is not completed and will be released next month.  According to the report, the game likely would be played at either 2:30 p.m. or 5 p.m.

The NBA scheduled five Christmas games in 2013-14. The Heat have played in 10 Christmas Day games, going 8-2 in those contests, winning five straight. Miami beat the Los Angeles Lakers 101-95 on the holiday last season. 

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The Cavaliers last appeared on the Christmas Day schedule in 2009. James left for Miami the following summer. 

Superstars see a beatable LeBron in Cleveland

On Monday's SI Now, Sports Illustrated senior writer Chris Mannix discusses how Dwyane Wade and other superstars in the NBA believe LeBron James is much more beatable in Cleveland.

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