<strong>Rematch of Most-Watched NBA Finals in ABC History: Defending Champion Golden State Warriors Host Cleveland Cavaliers on ABC</strong>
<strong> </strong><strong>Stars on Christmas: LeBron James | Stephen Curry | Kevin Durant | James Harden | Russell Westbrook | Chris Paul | Carmelo Anthony | Kyrie Irving | Isaiah Thomas | Top Draft Pick Markelle Fultz</strong>
<strong> </strong><strong>For First Time Since 2006 NBA Christmas Day & ESPN's Monday Night Football Align for Significant Day of Live Sports on ESPN Platforms </strong>
<strong> </strong><strong>ESPN's Four-Game Season-Opening NBA Schedule in October to Feature Warriors, Cavaliers, Spurs, Timberwolves & More</strong>
A Christmas tradition: for the 16th consecutive year, <strong>ESPN </strong>and <strong>ABC</strong> will be home to blockbuster NBA action on Christmas, Monday, December 25. The networks will combine for day-long NBA coverage, highlighted by a rematch of the most-watched <strong>NBA Finals</strong> in <strong>ABC</strong> history as the Golden State Warriors - led by <strong>Stephen Curry</strong> and <strong>NBA Finals</strong> M.V.P. <strong>Kevin Durant</strong> - host their rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers and <strong>LeBron James</strong> and <strong>Kyrie Irving</strong> at 3 p.m. on <strong>ABC</strong> and the <strong>ESPN App</strong>.
The <strong>NBA Finals</strong> rematch is part of a first-ever <strong>ABC</strong> Christmas triple-header, which will include a 5:30 p.m. rematch of the 2016 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals - the Boston Celtics with <strong>Isaiah Thomas</strong> and new acquisition <strong>Gordon Hayward </strong>host the Washington Wizards and <strong>John Wall</strong>. The triple-header concludes with a special prime-time 8 p.m. broadcast when Western Conference heavyweights collide as the Oklahoma City Thunder, with reigning NBA M.V.P. <strong>Russell Westbrook</strong> and new acquisition <strong>Paul George</strong> host the Houston Rockets, led by <strong>James Harden</strong> and new teammate <strong>Chris Paul</strong>.
<strong>ESPN's </strong>NBA Christmas quadruple-header tips off from Madison Square Garden at noon as the New York Knicks and <strong>Carmelo Anthony</strong> and <strong>Kristaps Porzingis</strong> host the Philadelphia 76ers with top NBA Draft pick <strong>Markelle Fultz</strong> and "The Process"<strong> Joel Embiid</strong>. <strong>NBA Countdown</strong> will air two pre-game episodes on Christmas, including a one-hour edition at 11 a.m. on <strong>ESPN</strong>, and a 2:30 p.m. show on <strong>ABC</strong>.
For the first time since 2006, NBA Christmas action and <strong>ESPN's Monday Night Football</strong> will align for a significant day of live sports across <strong>ESPN </strong>platforms. The 2017 season finale of <strong>Monday Night Football</strong> will air at 8:30 p.m. on <strong>ESPN </strong>as the Philadelphia Eagles host the Oakland Raiders in a matchup of emerging quarterbacks - Derek Carr leads the Raiders against Carson Wentz and the Eagles.
<strong>ESPN's season-opening schedule</strong>
<strong>ESPN</strong> will televise four NBA season-opening games across two doubleheaders in mid-October, showcasing several of the league's top teams and most popular stars. On Wednesday, October 18, the 76ers and top pick <strong>Fultz</strong> will visit the Wizards and <strong>Wall </strong>at 7 p.m. At 9:30 p.m. perennial Western Conference contenders, the San Antonio Spurs and <strong>Kawhi Leonard</strong>, will host the emerging Minnesota Timberwolves and <strong>Jimmy Butler</strong>. On Friday, October 20, the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Cavaliers will visit the Milwaukee Bucks and <strong>Giannis Antetokounmpo</strong> at 7 p.m. In the nightcap, the defining NBA Champion Warriors will visit the New Orleans Pelicans and <strong>Anthony Davis</strong> in a star-studded matchup at 9:30 p.m.
<strong>Opening Week</strong> <strong>2017</strong>
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