Aaron Gordon signed a companion to Christmas Day history in the NBA in the Denver Nuggets’ win against the Phoenix Suns this Sunday, in an event that featured Slovenian Luka Doncic, dominant against the Los Angeles Lakers, Jayson Tatum, 41. points against the Milwaukee Bucks and Cameron’s Joel Embiid had a stellar performance with 35 points against the Knicks.
Nuggets, 128 – Sun, 125
Serbian Nikola Jokic signed a triple-double of 41 points, fifteen rebounds and fifteen assists, and Gordon contributed 28 points and thirteen rebounds, along with a spectacular dunk against Landry Schmett that led to the Nuggets’ win in overtime against the Suns. proved decisive.
Jokic achieved his career triple double No. 83 and his Nuggets moved to sole lead in the West (21–11) at the expense of the Suns, with Shamet signing off with 31 points and seven triples without any rewards. Devin Booker retired after just four minutes on the track (two points) as his niggling injury resurfaced and alarm bells rang for the Suns.
Mavericks, 124 – Lakers, 115
Luka Doncic touched a triple double and, with his 32 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, guided the Dallas Mavericks to victory against the Los Angeles Lakers, with LeBron James scoring 38 points.
On a day when the Mavericks honored their most talented legend in Germany, Dirk Nowitzki, Doncic became the first player on the Texan franchise to score 32 points on Christmas Day. With a 51-point third period, Jason Kidd’s team earned its eighth (18–16) third consecutive win, some at the expense of the Lakers who fell for their fifth consecutive game and remained thirteen (13–20).
Celtics, 139 – Bucks, 118
The Celtics next saw a duel between the two franchises considered favorites to play in the Eastern Conference Finals in the playoffs.
Jayson Tatum had 41 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals, while Jaylen Brown had 29 points, five rebounds and four assists. For the Bucks, Antetokounmpo had 27 points, nine rebounds and three assists, while Junior Holiday had 23 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
Warriors, 123 – Grizzlies, 109
The Golden State Warriors showed their face and after suffering two humiliations against the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, they beat the Memphis Grizzlies at home behind Jordan Poole’s 32 points, a night marked by up to five technical fouls. NBA Champions.
Thompson contributed 24 points and Draymond Green, who was also charged with a technique, excelled with a double-double of thirteen rebounds and thirteen assists in which he added three points, the result of a triple.
It’s been a two-sided season for the Warriors, tied with the NBA’s worst team on the road (3-16) and best at home (16-2) with the Grizzlies. On the track with Memphis, Spaniard Santi Aldama contributed nine points, two rebounds, two assists and one shot in 20.43 minutes.
Knicks, 112 – Sixers, 119
Joel Embiid and James Harden scored 35 and 29 points, respectively, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a win against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
After Embiid’s 44 points and Harden’s triple double of 20 points, 11 rebounds and 21 assists against the Los Angeles Clippers, the center and point guard combined for 64 points against the Knicks. Embiid contributed 35 points with eight rebounds and one assist, while Harden contributed a double-double of 29 points, four rebounds, thirteen assists and four steals.