As every year, December 25th. is a special day in the NBA because it's Christmas, which means that there's five high-profile games to be played all across the country. As we expected, this year did not disappoint, and the 10 teams that played put on a show for the fans all across the world.
Despite a couple of them being blow-outs, teams gave them all out there, as they tried to deliver a merry Christmas Day to everyone.
Heat comes out on top at South Beach
Led by 23 points from Duncan Robinson, the Miami Heat defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 111-98 at the American Airlines Arena. The Michigan product recorded 7 3-pointers in the game, which happened to tie the most ever by a player on Christmas Day.
Despite a huge effort by Zion Williamson, posting a big double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds, the Pelicans couldn't pull the upset at South Beach.
Zion joined LeBron James (34 pts in 2003) as the only players in NBA history to score 30 points on Christmas before turning 21.
It all came down to the team effort, as Miami had six players in double digits, against New Orleans three.
Heat's coach Erik Spoelstra made history, moving up to 8-0 in games played on Christmas Day, which leads among active NBA coaches.
Milwaukee blows-out Golden State
The Bucks and Warriors faced each other in the second game of the day, but as expected, Golden State was no rival for the team led by Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Milwaukee proved that they are serious candidates to run the Eastern Conference this season, blowing-out the Warriors 138-99. Khris Middleton led all-game scorers with 31 points, along with five assists and two steals.
The Warriors 39-point loss is the largest margin of defeat on Christmas Day by any team since 1960.
The only positive of the day for the Warriors was Stephen Curry, who moved ahead of Rick Barry for second on the franchise’s all-time scoring list. Now, he only trails Wilt Chamberlain.
Durant & Irving combine for 66 points at TD Garden
The Brooklyn Nets have shown once again why they are the favorites to win the East this season. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant seem to be working together perfectly, as they combined for 66 points to defeat the Boston Celtics 123-95.
Irving, who became the first player with 35 points on 60% shooting in a Christmas Day game since Durant in 2010, went 13 for 21 from the field along with eight assists and six rebounds.
Just like Duncan Robinson did earlier in the day, 'Uncle Drew' also tied the record for three-pointers on a Christmas Day game with seven.
The Nets are not only playing good on the offensive end, but also defending pretty solid. By having good depth and able to guard every position, Steve Nash's team is a must-watch everytime.
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum combined for 47 points but wasn't enough for the Celtics, who were only able to provide 25 points off the bench.
'AD' leads Lakers past Mavericks
The Los Angeles Lakers picked up right where they left off at the bubble. Following the shortest offseason in NBA history, Frank Vogel's team has found their rhythm back.
Led by 28 points from Anthony Davis, Los Angeles cruised past Dallas 138-115 at the Staples Center.
Although the Mavericks had six players in double digits, including a 27-point game by Luka Doncic, they're still missing Kristaps Porzingis, who is out with a knee injury.
LeBron James made history, as he has now recorded at least 20 points and 10 assists in four Christmas Day games. The only other player with as many 20-point, 10 assist games on December 25th is Oscar Robertson, who had seven such games.
Also, 'The King' (383) moved past Robertson (377) for the second-most points on Christmas in NBA history. The only player left is Kobe Bryant (395).
Clippers defeat Nuggets at Mile High
The last of the five was arguably the most expected game due to the history between both teams. The Clippers and Nuggets faced off for the first time since last year's playoffs, and was a very exciting game.
Leonard was forced to leave the game early, as he took an elbow to the face from teammate Serge Ibaka. In the post-game press conference, Coach Ty Lue confirmed ''he'll be fine.''
Denver's Nikola Jokic had 24 points, and even though they had five players in double digits, they weren't able to stop the Clippers firepower.
Center, Ivica Zubac played a huge role in the Clippers win, recording 12 rebounds and two blocks off the bench.