LeBron James has a chance to surpassing Kobe Bryant for an NBA Christmas Day record as the Los Angeles Lakers eye their first win of the new season against the Dallas Mavericks.
The four-time NBA MVP ranks third in the Christmas career scoring list with 361 points, needing only 17 to pass Oscar Robertson for second and 35 to overtake the late Bryant for the all-team lead.
James’ highest scoring game on Christmas Day came in 2011 when he waxed hot for 37 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 105-94 victory over – interestingly – the Mavericks.
He has 9 wins in 14 Christmas appearances, just one shy of the all-time win mark set by his former Heat teammate Dwyane Wade, who went 10-3 in holiday contests.
Other Christmas Day matchups will see the New Orleans Pelicans face reigning Eastern Conference champions Heat, who have an NBA-best 10-2 Christmas record and 7 wins in a row on the holiday.
Two-time reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, who will host a Christmas game for the first time in 1968, tangle with two-time MVP Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
Kevin Durant, back after an 18-month layoff from an Achilles tendon injury, and Kyrie Irving will lead the Brooklyn Nets against the Boston Celtics.
The Los Angeles Clippers, powered by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, clash with the Denver Nuggets, who ousted them in the Western Conference semifinals last season. – Rappler.com
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