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NBA Christmas games reportedly include: Nets at Lakers, Hawks at Knicks

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 2: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks looks on during Round 1, Game 5 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on June 2, 2021 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Trae Young got spit on, hit a game-winner, shushed Knicks fans then took a bow.

After an eventful playoff series in New York, Young and the Hawks will return to Madison Square Garden on Christmas.

The Nets will also visit the Lakers on the NBA’s premier regular-season date.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The Nets and Lakers will almost certainly play in the featured timeslot. Between Los Angeles’ big three (LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook) and Brooklyn’s big three (Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving), the name recognition is through the roof.

Plus, the LeBron vs. Durant debate provides drama. So, does the Durant-Westbrook matchup.

Atlanta and New York have their own budding rivalry, too. The Knicks playing on Christmas is the norm. The Hawks, on the other hand, will play their first Dec. 25 game since 1989 -- ending the NBA’s longest Christmas-game drought, one decades longer than any other franchise.

Here’s how long each team has gone since its last Christmas game:

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Neither Charlotte nor the Grizzlies have ever played a Christmas game. However, the Hawks have played more seasons since their last Christmas game than Charlotte and the Grizzlies.