MANILA, Philippines – There was a little bit of naughty, a little bit of nice, and a lot of nasty highlights in the Christmas Day offering of the NBA.
New York’s Quincy Acy brought the naughty when he threw a punch on Washington’s John Wall. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade hugged it out before the Heat took down LeBron’s Cavs. Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant hugged it out too after the Spaniard led the Bulls to a win versus the Lakers for a little bit of nice, while Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan brought the nasty when they connected on an emphatic alley-oop jam on the break.
That and more on the December 26 edition of the NBA wRap.
Cleveland Cavaliers (17-11) 91 – 101 Miami Heat (14-16)
CLE: LeBron James: 30 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds
MIA: Dwyane Wade: 31 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
LeBron James returned to Miami for the first time since opting to head back to his hometown team Cleveland and was received warmly by the fans.
He and former teammate Wade shared a moment right before tip-off and going all out during the game. LeBron led the Cavaliers but his team fell to the Heat led by Wade who scored 24 of his 31 points in the first half. Luol Deng finished the job for the Heat tallying 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Washington Wizards (20-8) 102 – 91 New York Knicks (5-26)
WAS: John Wall: 24 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds
NYK: Carmelo Anthony: 34 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Washington’s 1-2 punch at the guard spots were simply magical at the Madison Square Garden with John Wall dropping plenty of buckets and dimes, and Bradley Beal providing more than ample support.
But this game, unfortunately, will also be remembered as the “Christmas Tussle” happened after Knicks forward Quincy Acy was assessed a flagrant two foul and was ejected from the game after getting too physical with Wall.
Oklahoma City Thunder (14-16) 114 – 106 San Antonio Spurs (18-12)
OKC: Russell Westbrook: 34 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds, 5 steals
SAS: Manu Ginobili: 11 points, 13 assists, 7 rebounds
Defending champions Spurs were up to their usual game spreading the love with 7 players scoring double figures, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a stellar performance from the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook who once again took over as OKC was still without reigning MVP Kevin Durant due to a sprain.
Los Angeles Lakers (9-19) 93 – 113 Chicago Bulls (19-9)
LAL: Ed Davis: 13 points, 14 rebounds
CHI: Pau Gasol: 23 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists
The Lakers failed to pull another upset as superstar Kobe Bryant missed his second straight game to rest his ailing body. Former Laker Pau Gasol had a big night against his former team leading the Bulls to a rout of the Lakers. Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose added 20 and 21 points respectively.
Golden State Warriors (23-4) 86 – 100 Los Angeles Clippers (19-10)
GSW: Steph Curry: 14 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals
LAC: Chris Paul: 22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals
It was a battle for the Point God title out west with Chris Paul claiming it against the fast rising Steph Curry. CP3 and Jamaal Crawford took over in the 4th quarter to put away the league-leading Golden State Warriors who are now in a two-game skid, interestingly, against two LA teams.
Highlight of the day: DeAndre Jordan finishes CP3’s lob on the fastbreak with a nasty reverse two-handed throwdown.