The NBA on Christmas day did not disappoint this year. Let's take a look back on Sunday's action and the NBA delivered presents all across the country with a five-game lineup of basketball headlined by the game the world wanted to see.
Two best teams faced with each other's on Christmas day and created a basketball masterpiece. The Cavaliers are 6-0 at home all-time on last day, the best home record for any NBA team. Kyrie Irving's turnaround jumper with 3.4 seconds left lifted the Cavs to a 109-108 victory. It was a beautiful shot that completed a 14-point fourth-quarter comeback against Golden State. LeBron James said of Irving,"The kid is special, it was never in doubt."
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves:
Another big day of Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook made a different Christmas Day for his teammates. Steven Adams and Enes Kanter also performed well in the last match as they earned an 112-100 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Westbrook finished with 31 points, and he struggled with his shot 11-of-25 from the field, he was more than happy to distribute the ball with 15 assists.
Knicks defense fails to late comeback on the Christmas Day. Celtics won the game and earned 119-114 over Knicks. Derrick Rose knows 114 points should be enough for the win so instead of offense, Rose raised concerns about the Knicks' play at the other end of the court. A key turning point came late in the second quarter when Jae Crowder hit three 3-pointers over a 56-second span that turned a four-point Knicks lead into a Celtics five-point lead.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls:
The Spurs win first Christmas home game by topping Bulls. LaMarcus Aldridge earned 33 points and nine rebounds and Kawhi Leonard got 25 points with 10 rebounds lead The Spurs to an 119-100 win over the Bulls.
Los AngelesClippers vs. Los AngelesLakers,
Lakers defeated Clippers on Christmas Day battle of Los Angeles, This is nothing but a miracle The Lakers snapped their 11-game losing streak to the Clippers, winning 111-102. The turning point of the match When the Lakers ripped off an extended 28-9 run and built a 16-point lead with 3:34 left in the quarter. The Lakers also owned the boards in the quarter, outrebounding the Clippers 17-7.