The Best NBA Christmas Games, Ranked

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The NBA has a long-standing tradition of hosting games on Christmas Day. These games are highly anticipated by basketball fans and have become a part of the holiday tradition for many.

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The NBA typically schedules a slate of games on Christmas Day, featuring some of the league's top teams and marquee matchups. These games are televised nationally and draw a large viewership. The matchups are usually designed to showcase some of the league's biggest stars and rivalries. From scoring records to buzzer beaters, NBA on Christmas truly has everything.

Here are our picks for the 8 best NBA Christmas performances:

8. Tracy McGrady: Orlando Magic

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  • Year: 2002
  • Stats: 46 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assists
  • Score 104-99 Magic

In the Christmas Day game on December 25, 2002, Tracy McGrady scored 46 points, showcasing his scoring prowess and athleticism. The Magic won the game with a final score of 104-99. McGrady's stellar performance was a highlight of the Christmas Day festivities in the NBA, and it solidified his status as one of the league's premier players during that era.

7. LeBron James: Miami Heat

6. Oscar Robertson: Cincinnati Royals

5. Michael Jordan: Chicago Bulls

4. Rick Barry: Golden State Warriors

3. Kobe Bryant: Los Angeles Lakers

2. Wilt Chamberlain

1. Bernard King: New York Knicks

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