ABC stated it was the network's most-viewed non-Christmas Day, regular-season NBA game ever:â†µ
The game averaged 7,037,000 viewers according to Nielsen ratings and received a 4.3 national rating, which tied ABC's previously highest-rated non-Christmas Day game -- a Lakers-Celtics contest Jan. 30, 2011.â†µ
The numbers were up 37% over a comparable game a year ago between the Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs. The game did receive a higher rating in Miami (13.9) than in Los Angeles though (9.6).â†µ
It's not surprising so many fans tuned in given the star power and the fact that just the week before Kobe Bryant's nose was broken by Dwyane Wade in the All-Star Game.â†µ
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