2011 Opening Day: NBA on Christmas

Celtics vs. Knicks
Photo: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Celtics vs. Knicks

After a 149-day lockout and a whirlwind preseason and free agency, the NBA returned with five star-packed games on Christmas Day. Here are some of the best shots from the first day of the shortened 2011-12 NBA season.

In the day's first game, Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks on a fourth-quarter rally in their thrilling 106-104 home win over Boston. Anthony scored 17 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth, and finished with eight rebounds and three assists.

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