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10 Best Christmas Day Performances in NBA History

To some, this day is for family friends and celebrating a birthday, but too many others this day is all about NBA basketball. Merry Christmas to all this is DeQwan Young and today on The Countdown we present

The 10 best performances on Christmas Day

10. Lebron James
Christmas Day 2003 we all got the gift of the King. Not in a manger in Bethlehem, but starting forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In Lebron’s Christmas debut he would dazzle with 34 points, shooting 13-28 from the floor, going four of ten from three. He also added six assists, two rebounds, two steals, and one block
9. Kyrie Irving – 2018
In one of his highlights from his short tenure in Beantown, Kyrie Irving hit a big shot with 20 seconds left to send the Celtics to overtime with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics would dominate in O-T. Kyrie ended the game with 40 points on 17-33 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds and three assists.
8. Kobe Bryant – 2004
On Christmas Day in 2004 Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers faced the returning Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat.
After winning three straight NBA titles and losing a fourth to the Detroit Pistons in 2004, Kobe and Shaw had a bitter divorce, so this Christmas Day was filled with drama.
Shaq fouled out and Kobe dropped 42 points in a 104-102 overtime loss. After a missed 3 pointer attempt
7. Kevin Durant – 2010
On a Christmas Day game against the Denver Nuggets, Kevin Durant scored 21 points in the third quarter.
It was the beginning of his legacy as one of the most efficient scorers in NBA history as Durant shot 70 percent from the field. (14-20)
He would finish the game with 44 points 7 rebounds and four assists.
6. Scottie Pippen – 1994
Michael who?
On Christmas Day in 1994 Scottie scored 36 points and grabbed 16 rebounds while also dishing three assists, On the defense or end Scottie added five steals and two blocked shots.
The Bulls would end up beating the Knicks 107-104 in overtime.
5. Rick Barry -1966
Most notably known for his underhand free throw, Rick Barry was a walking bucket. In his second season in the league, Barry dropped 50 points on a Christmas Day win against the Cincinnati Royals.
4. Tracy McGrady – 2003
In the 8th spot, we talked about LeBron James’ Christmas debut. But Tracy am Grady played Grinch and stole the show in that same Christmas Day game in 2003. In a 12-point overtime victory, T-Mac dropped 41 points on 15-29 shooting, dished 11 assists and grabbed eight rebounds and three steals.
McGrady also dropped 46 on the Pistons on Christmas in 2002. Which deserves a mention on this list as well. T-Mac got the gift of buckets.

3. Nikola Jokic – 2022 Last Christmas, Jokic gave us a triple double to marvel over as the defending finals MVP gifted us with a 41 point triple double to go with 15 rebounds and 15 assists. He was the third NBA player to ever put up the stat line in history, and he did it on Christmas. 

2. Bernard King – 1984
The record for most points in a Christmas Day game  belongs to the King. Not King James tho. Bernard King scored 60 points in the 1984 Christmas matchup with the New Jersey Nets. He hit 22 of his 26 free throws and adding seven rebounds and four assists.
The Knicks would also lose 120-114 to the New Jersey Nets.
1. Wilt Chamberlain – 1961
The man who embodies the phrase ho ho ho, a 25 year old Wilt Chamberlain scored 59 points and grabbed 36 rebounds.
Like others on this list, the solo effort by Wilt wasn’t enough to get the win as his Philadelphia Warriors fell in double overtime to the New York Knicks.
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