NBA Christmas Games Scores & Standings

Draymond Green, LeBron James

Another Christmas day schedule of great NBA games has gone by. The Golden State Warriors keep making history despite not looking too good against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Chicago Bulls stop the losing streak in an impressive victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, the San Antonio Spurs win streak is stopped by the Houston Rockets, the Miami Heat overcome the New Orleans Pelicans in overtime while the Los Angeles Clippers almost lose a 28 point lead in the fourth quarter against an awful Los Angeles Lakers team. Almost.

New Orleans Pelicans (9-20) 88  Miami Heat (17-11) 94: The Heat win in overtime with a big 30-point game from Chris Bosh, also grabbed 10 rebounds while Dwyane Wade scored 19 points to help him complete the job. The game was tied at 78 after 48 minutes, but 7 points from Bosh and 4 from Wade in overtime made it too much for the Pelicans to keep up with. Anthony Davis put up a nice stat line in 50 minutes (29 points, 15 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 blocks, 4 assists) while Ryan Anderson added 18 from the bench, but this team is still far from where it was supposed to be according to Alvin Gentry’s grandiose plans. The Heat aren’t exactly without problems of their own, but they do seem to be a bit more resourceful when things ain’t working out.

Jimmy Butler

Chicago Bulls (16-11) 105  Oklahoma City Thunder (20-10) 96: Despite the problems and losses, the Bulls continue to show that their current set of players, before trades are going to be made, are a perfect fit to beat the current Thunder team. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 55 points, but the Bulls didn’t allow them too many easy shots, and certainly not to their teammates, while going very big in long stretches of the game helped Chicago, with Nikola Mirotic starting next to Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson. Jimmy Butler led the way with 23 points and finishing the game with four free throws in the fourth, Gasol manhandled anyone in his way with 21 points and Derrick Rose had a strong first half, finishing the game with 19 points before fouling out. This doesn’t fit against every team in the NBA, but for teams relying on true big men to defend, the Bulls are a handful.

Cleveland Cavaliers (19-8) 83  Golden State Warriors (28-1) 89: No team has started the season so well as the Warriors, even if win 28 was difficult to come by, and wouldn’t have happened without LeBron James playing poorly in the fourth quarter, especially when it came to making shots from the line, finishing the game with just 4-of-9. The Cavaliers know how to stop the 3-point shot and slow down Stephen Curry (19 points, 6-of-15 from the field) but the Warriors were still +15 with him on the floor. James led the Cavs with 25 points, but Kevin Love disappointed on only 5-of-16 from the field, Kyrie Irving was bad with 4-of-15 from the field and the Cavs shot 31.6% from the field and only 16.7% from beyond the arc, playing selfish, unintelligent basketball a lot of the time, which gave the Warriors, led by 22 points from Draymond Green, just enough opportunities to come away with the win.

James Harden, Tim Duncan

San Antonio Spurs (25-6) 84  Houston Rockets (16-15) 88: Of all the teams in the world, the Houston Rockets are the ones who end the San Antonio Spurs win streak of 7 games with excellent defense, holding the Spurs to only five 3-pointers and 40.9% from the field, keeping Tony Parker on just 2 points and getting just about enough from James Harden (7-of-21 from the field) who scored 20 points, just like Kawhi Leonard who struggled getting into a rhythm offensively despite his impressive defensive display with 5 steals and 3 blocks.

Los Angeles Clippers (17-13) 94  Los Angeles Lakers (5-25) 84: A weird game which the Clippers were coasting in with a 85-57 lead entering the fourth quarter, which meant both teams benching all their starters. The Lakers got back in the game through D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle until it was just a 7-point game, getting Rivers to put the starters back in the game after the Clippers missed 15 of their first 18 field goal attempts. Kobe Bryant played 26 minutes and didn’t play in the fourth, Byron Scott not feeling like it would help anyone. Chris Paul finished with 23 points to lead the Clippers, while Russell led the Lakers with 16 off the bench. Bryant, playing in his final Christmas day special, finished with 12 points.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 19 8 .704 27
2 Atlanta Hawks 19 12 .613 2.0 31
3 Miami Heat 17 11 .607 2.5 28
4 Toronto Raptors 18 12 .600 2.5 30
5 Chicago Bulls 16 11 .593 3.0 27
6 Orlando Magic 17 12 .586 3.0 29
7 Indiana Pacers 16 12 .571 3.5 28
8 Detroit Pistons 17 13 .567 3.5 30
9 Boston Celtics 16 13 .552 4.0 29
10 Charlotte Hornets 15 13 .536 4.5 28
11 Washington Wizards 13 14 .481 6.0 27
12 New York Knicks 14 16 .467 6.5 30
13 Milwaukee Bucks 12 18 .400 8.5 30
14 Brooklyn Nets 8 21 .276 12.0 29
15 Philadelphia 76ers 1 30 .032 20.0 31

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Golden State Warriors 28 1 .966 29
2 San Antonio Spurs 25 6 .806 4.0 31
3 Oklahoma City Thunder 20 10 .667 8.5 30
4 Los Angeles Clippers 17 13 .567 11.5 30
5 Dallas Mavericks 16 13 .552 12.0 29
6 Memphis Grizzlies 16 15 .516 13.0 31
7 Houston Rockets 16 15 .516 13.0 31
8 Utah Jazz 12 15 .444 15.0 27
9 Denver Nuggets 12 17 .414 16.0 29
10 Sacramento Kings 12 17 .414 16.0 29
11 Phoenix Suns 12 19 .387 17.0 31
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 11 18 .379 17.0 29
13 Portland Trail Blazers 11 20 .355 18.0 31
14 New Orleans Pelicans 9 20 .310 19.0 29
15 Los Angeles Lakers 5 25 .167 23.5 30

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