Christmas day is always a special day in NBA and with a host of mouth watering fixtures, the 2020 edition was made even better.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis were able to shake off their injuries to help the Los Angeles Lakers secure their first win of the season over Dallas, while Brooklyn Nets also made it two out of two for the new campaign on christmas day.
There certainly were a lot of talking points on christmas and we have picked the best out of the bunch for you, including the reaching of new milestones and the passing away of Hall of famer K.C. Jones.
Here are your NBA christmas day talking points!
A deadly Nets partnership
At the TD Garden, the Brooklyn Nets made their way to a blowout victory over the Boston Celtics on Christmas night.
With a combined effort of 66 points, Kyrie and Durant led the Nets to their second win of the season, beating the Boston Celtics 123 – 95.
Kyrie Irving’s 70% 3 point percentage ties for most 3 pointers made on Christmas Day as the Miami Heat’s very own Duncan Robinson also made seven 3 pointers on the same night against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Records on christmas day
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant and LeBron James also climbed up the ladder on players with most points made on Christmas days. James stands second to Kobe with 12 points behind while Durant makes top 5 after last night’s 29 points against the Celtics.
James was in third position with 361 points from 15 games before this Christmas day, behind Oscar Roberson who had 371 points in just 12 games. But after securing 22 points, Lebron now moves to second and 12 points behind Kobe Bryant who has 393 points in 16 games.
Kevin Durant’s 29 points against the Boston Celtics also helped him overtake Shaquille O’Neal who had 272 points in 13 games.
K C Jones passes away on christmas day
While all these record breaking games were ongoing, the NBA and the Boston Celtics especially, lost a Hall of famer and a former head coach for the Celtics, K C Jones, who died at age 88 on Friday, 25th December 2020.
As an NBA player, K C Jones spent all of his nine years with the Boston Celtics, securing a position in eight championship teams. He retired after the Celtics lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1967 playoffs.
After his retirement as a player, he started his coaching career with multiple college basketball teams including Harvard Basketball team from 1967 to 1971.
Later on he joined his former teammate Bill Sharman as assistant head coach for the 1971-1972 NBA champions Los Angeles Lakers. In 1983, he rejoined the Boston Celtics as their head coach. With Larry Bird leading the team, they won the 1982 and 1984 championships together. In 1989, he was inducted a Hall of famer.