Christmas day was filled with tons of NBA action and players were determined to put on a spectacle for fans around the world. Here is a list of the top performers from each position yesterday:
PG: Russell Westbrook
Westbrook put on a show at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks. Thanks to his phenomenal triple-double(14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists), the Thunder forced the Knicks to the worst home loss in NBA history on Christmas with a 123-94 win.
SG: James Harden
Houston definitely missed Harden because he missed the last couple of games with a sprained left ankle but Harden returned on Christmas to spread some holiday cheer with his team on the floor. He was up to his old tricks of slowing the game down and nifty footwork. 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists was Harden’s stat line and he assured many people that he was back in full effect by leading the Rockets to a 111-98 victory over the Spurs.
SF: Kevin Durant
Yes, LeBron James put on his own dunk contest exhibition at Staples Center yesterday but it was truly Durant who had the best performance out of all small forwards on Christmas. The league’s leading scorer put up 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists while shooting 10-16 from the field. Efficiency is something that Durant is known for and Christmas was no different for this wiry scoring machine.
PF: David Lee
Lee was an anchor in the post for the Warriors last night. He aided his squad heavily as they pulled off a 105-103 win in a thriller against the Clippers. Lee had 23 points and 13 rebounds and really provided a strong presence for his team.
C: Dwight Howard
Howard had his usual monster combination of rebounds and points by scoring 15 points and pulling down 20 boards on Christmas. For most guys, if they get 20 boards, then they receive applause. On the other hand, Howard gets 20 boards like it’s nothing! This guy is a force and reminded many fans why he is arguably the best center in the game.
The NBA put on a huge Christmas show and the players look to keep up the rapid pace as the season progresses. The high-flying dunks and acrobatic shots that were on display yesterday gave plenty of people smiles and a good holiday feeling. That’s what the NBA is for. It’s fantastic!