In the NBA, Christmas lends itself to having the biggest player play in front of fans, when no other sporting event can compete. The basketball king, Lebron James, was paraded in front of the world on his home court in Miami. He dropped 29 points, eight rebounds and nine assists on Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.  It was James’ 30th straight game of scoring at least 30 points. Durant countered with 33 points of his own and seven rebounds, but the late surge by the Thunder was not enough to over take the Heat in the 4th quarter. Miami handed Oklahoma City its first consecutive loss of the season. Miami Heat 103, Oklahoma City Thunder 97.


And on the other coast, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers improved to .500 on the season with the win over the New York Knicks. Both Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant scored 34 points for their respective teams. The win marked the fifth in a row for the Lakers for Bryant’s record 15th Christmas Day game. Bryant has scored 383 points all time on Christmas leading all other players in the history of the NBA. The Lakers avenged the 116-107 loss to the Knicks nearly two weeks ago with this 100-94 victory.


After Chicago’s Joakim Noah called out Houston’s Omer Asik, before Tuesday’s game, Noah had nothing to add after the Bulls were beat. Houston scored 120 points on Chicago. Asik’s part in the win was a big one with 20 points and 18 rebounds.  In fact, all five of the Rocket’s starters were in double-digit points on the night. The only bright spot on the night was Nate Robinson scoring 27 points off the bench. Houston Rockets 120, Chicago Bulls 97.

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