A rundown of games and events to watch for locally and nationally from the world of sports:
NBA, quintuple-header starting at 9 a.m. — The Christmas-day extravaganza from the NBA has turned into an all-day affair featuring matchups of marquee teams. The action starts with Celtics-Nets at 9 a.m. (ESPN). The rest of the day’s slate consists of Knicks-Lakers (noon, ABC), Thunder-Heat (2:30 p.m., ABC), Rockets-Bulls (5 p.m., ESPN) and Nuggets-Clippers (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
Prep basketball, holiday tournaments in Central Oregon — The Les Schwab Holiday Hoopfest tournaments at Summit, as well as the Sisters Holiday Tournaments, stage their first games on Thursday. The Summit boys play Horizon Christian of Tualatin at 7:45 p.m. in the marquee game of the night in Bend. The Sisters girls match up against Ridgeview at 5 p.m. in their tournament opener. Friday is the second day of boys and girls basketball tournaments at Summit and Sisters high schools. Bend High takes on Corvallis at 12:30 p.m. in the Summit girls tourney. Last season the Lava Bears knocked off the Spartans 41-37 in overtime in the state playoffs, a wild game in which Bend hit a last-second three-pointer to send the game into overtime. Tournament play comes to an end Saturday as three of the four events will hold championship finals. (The Summit girls tournament utilizes a round-robin format.) The Sisters girls tourney title game is scheduled for 2 p.m., the Outlaws boys championship match will be at 4 p.m., and the Summit boys tourney will conclude at 4:45 p.m. with its final.
College football, Alamo Bowl, Oregon State vs. Texas, 3:45 p.m. (ESPN) — The Beavers (9-3) take on the Longhorns (8-4) in the first game of the bowl season featuring two teams in the top 25 of the final BCS standings. Cody Vaz (pictured) will get the start at quarterback for Oregon State, Beaver coach Mike Riley announced Saturday, while David Ash gets the nod at QB for Texas.
NFL, Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins, 5:20 p.m. (NBC) — It doesn’t get much simpler than this as far as playoff scenarios: The winner takes the NFC East title. The divisional rivalry game highlights the Sunday schedule, which is the final day of the regular season.