Top-five NBA Christmas games of all-time

Sport360 staff 07:00 25/12/2016
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No major sport has embraced playing on Christmas as a tradition more than the NBA, which will again feature some of the most captivating match-ups this season on the holiday.

Here are the five best Christmas Day games in history to have spread some cheer.

1. Lakers v Heat, 2004

The intrigue doesn’t get higher than this: Shaq’s first return to LA to take on Kobe Bryant’s Lakers. O’Neal’s new team had the last laugh.

2. Lakers v Heat, 2010

This time the storylines were focused on LeBron and Miami’s Big 3 in this first season together. The superteam would dominate though.

3. Lakers v Celtics, 2008

Not only was this a rematch of the previous year’s Finals, but it had Boston coming in having won 19 straight and LA sitting at 27-2. Lakers prevailed.

4. Knicks v Celtics, 1985

Rookie Patrick Ewing would announce his stardom by going against Boston’s Big 3 and leading a 25-point comeback in a 2OT win.

5. Knicks v Bulls, 1986

Ewing again took on one of the league’s giants in Jordan and the Bulls and came out on top on his game-winning putback at the buzzer.

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