The Philadelphia 76ers had an answer for Houston Rockets star James Harden in a huge win in the NBA on Monday.

While Harden managed to have his 20th consecutive game scoring 30 or more points, Philadelphia kept him under the dangerous 40-point mark and handed Houston their largest loss of the season, 121-93.

Joel Embiid finished with a team-high 32 points and 14 rebounds. He also played an important role on defense with Jimmy Butler sidelined because of a sprained wrist. Embiid finished with three blocks.

JJ Redick and Corey Brewer added 16 and 11 points, respectively. Landry Shamet had 18 points off the bench.

Harden scored 37 points in the Rockets' losing efforts. The 2018 MVP got off to a hot start and scored 27 in the first half.

The Rockets trailed by 15 points at the half and a 13-point performance in the third quarter put Houston in a deficit they could not bounce back from.

Gerald Green chipped in 18 points off the bench. Kenneth Faried added 13 in his first game with the Rockets.

 

Doncic dynamic but Mavericks lose

Luka Doncic became the second-youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. The 19-year-old rookie finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Dallas Mavericks' 116-106 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Klay Thompson set an NBA record in the Golden State Warriors' rout of the Los Angeles Lakers. The four-time All-Star became the first player to make 10 consecutive three-pointers without a miss. He finished with 44 points in 26 minutes. Thompson was 17 of 20 from the field and 10 of 11 from long distance. Golden State went on to win 130-111.

Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell had 31 points in his team's 123-94 win over the Sacramento Kings. Russell shot 48 per cent from the field and 50 per cent from three-point range.

Nikola Vucevic used a double-double to help push the Magic ahead of the hosting Atlanta Hawks. Vucevic finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds in Orlando's 122-103 win.

Thunder forward Paul George had his second consecutive game scoring 31 points. The forward led Oklahoma City to a 127-109 win over the New York Knicks.

 

Cavs continue to crash

The Cleveland Cavaliers' loss to the Chicago Bulls moved them to 9-39. Starters Rodney Hood and Alec Burks did not provide much help in the 104-88 rout. Hood finished with just four points on one-of-eight shooting while Burks had a lone three-pointer in 17 minutes of play.

JaMychal Green and Shelvin Mack scored little off the bench for the Memphis Grizzlies. The two finished minus-17 in Memphis' 105-85 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. 

 

Antetokounmpo welcomes Doncic

The Mavs rookie impressed, but Giannis Antetokounmpo made sure to give Doncic his own special welcome. Antetokounmpo had a game-high 31 points in the Bucks' win.

No one could stop Zach LaVine. He had a game-high 25 points in Chicago's first win in the new year, including a one-handed dunk.

Kyrie Irving tallied eight steals to go along with 26 points in the Boston Celtics' 107-99 win over the Miami Heat.

Monday's results

Oklahoma City Thunder 127-109 New York Knicks
Chicago Bulls 104-88 Cleveland Cavaliers
Milwaukee Bucks 116-106 Dallas Mavericks
Washington Wizards 101-87 Detroit Pistons
Orlando Magic 122-103 Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets 123-94 Sacramento Kings
New Orleans Pelicans 105-85 Memphis Grizzlies
Boston Celtics 107-99 Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers 121-93 Houston Rockets
Portland Trail Blazers 109-104 Utah Jazz
Golden State Warriors 130-111 Los Angeles Lakers

 

Clippers at Mavericks

When the Mavs host the Clippers on Tuesday, they will likely see the return of Dennis Smith Jr, who has missed the past five games because of a back injury and illness while also being at the center of trade rumours. He will join Doncic as they try to break Dallas' four-game losing streak. Los Angeles will enter the matchup off their first win in six games.

DeMarcus Cousins made his long-awaited debut in the Golden State Warriors' 112-94 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

After nearly missing an entire year after suffering a torn Achilles last season, Cousins debuted for the Warriors and scored 14 points in NBA action on Friday.

And from the beginning, the All-Star looked back in his element. For his first points with the Warriors, he threw down a monstrous dunk.

The former New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings star even got into an argument with the referees within minutes of being on the court. He also found a way to foul out in just 15 minutes of play.

 

Irving double-double inspires Celtics

Kyrie Irving had 38 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in the Boston Celtics 122-116 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell scored 40 points and went eight-for-12 shooting from three-point range with seven assists in his team's 117-115 victory against the Orlando Magic.

Blake Griffin posted 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in the Detroit Pistons' 98-93 win over the Miami Heat.

Portland Trail Blazers forward Jake Layman went off in the second quarter, scoring 18 points in the span of four-and-a-half minutes. He finished the game with 20 in Portland's 128-112 victory against the Pelicans.

 

Hood struggles

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood never really got anything going in a 115-99 loss to the Utah Jazz. He was one-for-six shooting with four points in 17 minutes.

 

Gibson and Rose combine

Taj Gibson made a fabulous pass in the paint to Derrick Rose. The former MVP then made a nifty reverse layup to finish the play as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the San Antonio Spurs 116-113.

 

Friday's results

The Boston Celtics were ready for the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, claiming a thrilling win in the NBA.

The Kings pulled off a big win against the Portland Trail Blazers in Sacramento on Monday. 

Six Kings players scored in double figures in the victory. Buddy Hield paced Sacramento with 19 points and seven rebounds on seven-of-10 shooting. Bogdan Bogdanovic was right behind him with 18 points on eight-of-10 shooting.

The Trail Blazers attempted to make a comeback in the closing minutes, but missed their chance to make things closer when Damian Lillard stepped out of bounds while receiving an inbound pass with 38.1 seconds to play.

Lillard finished with 35 points, leading all scorers.

Portland dropped to 26-19 with the loss while Sacramento improved to 23-21, edging closer to the playoff picture.

 

Harden stays hot

James Harden scored 57 points on 17-of-33 shooting in Houston's 112-94 win against the Grizzlies.

D'Angelo Russell recorded 34 points and made seven seven-pointers to lead the Nets past the Celtics 109-102.

Kemba Walker put up 33 points in a 108-93 Hornets win against the Spurs.

Anthony Davis tallied 46 points and 16 rebounds in the Pelicans' 121-117 win over the Clippers.

 

Miserable McCollum

CJ McCollum was ice cold, scoring six points on two-of-14 shooting for the Trail Blazers.

Terry Rozier only managed to score seven points on three-of-12 shooting in the Celtics' loss.

 

Allen's big block

Grayson Allen delivered a big block against the Pistons.

Jaylen Brown skipped through the lane and threw down a lefty dunk on the Nets.

Monday's results

Brooklyn Nets 109-102 Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets 112-94 Memphis Grizzlies
Charlotte Hornets 108-93 San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz 100-94 Detroit Pistons
Sacramento Kings 115-107 Portland Trail Blazers
New Orleans Pelicans 121-117 Los Angeles Clippers

 

Warriors at Nuggets

The two top teams in the Western Conference are set to clash in Denver. The Nuggets have the best record in the West while the Warriors are riding a four-game winning streak. Denver's roster is riddled with injuries, but this matchup should still provide an exciting preview of a possible playoff series between the two teams.

Blake Griffin was out for revenge on Saturday and he got it as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 109-104.

Luka Doncic starred to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a thrilling win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA on Friday.

Doncic hit three straight go-ahead shots in the final two minutes to lead Dallas to a 119-115 victory.

His first shot came in the paint to give the Mavs a 112-111 lead, his second gave them a 114-113 advantage and the third was on a transition three-pointer to give Dallas a lead they would never relinquish.

The 19-year-old scored 29 points to go with 12 assists and eight rebounds to lead the way for the Mavericks.

Huerter produces big performance

Hawks rookie Kevin Huerter scored a career-high 29 points in Atlanta's 123-121 win over the 76ers.

Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky tallied his first career triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Washington's 113-106 win over a Giannis Antetokounmpo-less Bucks team.

Rockets star James Harden stayed hot, tallying another 40-point triple-double with 43 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 141-113 win over the Cavaliers.

 

Dinwiddie dire for Nets

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie did not have his best game as he scored eight points on one-of-seven shooting off the bench in Brooklyn's 122-105 loss to the Raptors. Brooklyn were minus-24 with Dinwiddie on the floor.

 

Sabonis throws one down

Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis threw one down in the Pacers' 121-106 win over the Knicks.

Friday's results

Atlanta Hawks 123-121 Philadelphia 76ers
Washington Wizards 113-106 Milwaukee Bucks
Indiana Pacers 121-106 New York Knicks
Toronto Raptors 122-105 Brooklyn Nets
Houston Rockets 141-113 Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks 119-115 Minnesota Timberwolves
Portland Trail Blazers 127-96 Charlotte Hornets
Utah Jazz 113-95 Los Angeles lakers
Golden State Warriors 146-109 Chicago Bulls

 

Spurs at Thunder

The Spurs and Thunder are coming off of one of the best games of the season in a double-overtime thriller Thursday and could deliver again.

The Milwaukee Bucks managed to overcome a big performance from James Harden to top the Houston Rockets 116-109 in the NBA. 

James Harden and the Houston Rockets' hot shooting carried the team to a 125-113 victory over Western Conference rivals the Denver Nuggets on Monday.

Houston (23-16) were riding a six-game winning streak until they lost to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, but the Rockets picked up where they left off against one of the best teams in the NBA's west.

Harden put on his typical impressive performance, totalling 32 points and 14 assists to see off the Nuggets.

Clint Capela almost topped Harden, scoring 31 points and grabbing nine rebounds for Houston.

Ultimately, the Rockets' three-point shooting was too hot to handle, as they made 22 shots from behind the arc as opposed to the Nuggets' seven.

Nikola Jokic had 24 points and 13 rebounds while Monte Morris contributed 21 points for Denver (26-12).

Elsewhere, Kyrie Irving returned from an eye injury and scored 17 points to lead the Boston Celtics past the Brooklyn Nets 116-95.

 

Davis double-double propels Pelicans

Anthony Davis recorded 36 points and 13 rebounds on 20 shots in the New Orleans Pelicans' 114-95 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 10 rebounds in a 114-102 win over the Utah Jazz.

Blake Griffin amassed 34 points and eight assists but the Detroit Pistons still lost 119-107 to the San Antonio Spurs.

Brandon Ingram scored 29 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

 

Crowder struggles from the floor

Jae Crowder scored 12 points on three-of-11 shooting for the Jazz.

Grizzlies star Marc Gasol had seven points on three-of-10 shooting against the Pelicans.

 

Davis, Harden dazzle

Davis showcased his guard skills by blowing by JaMychal Green.

Harden watched Jamal Murray fold and then stepped into an easy three-pointer.

 

Monday's results

San Antonio Spurs 119-107 Detroit Pistons
Boston Celtics 116-95 Brooklyn Nets
Houston Rockets 125-113 Denver Nuggets
New Orleans Pelicans 114-95 Memphis Grizzlies
Los Angeles Lakers 107-97 Dallas Mavericks
Milwaukee Bucks 114-102 Utah Jazz
Sacramento Kings 111-95 Orlando Magic
Portland Trail Blazers 111-101 New York Knicks

 

Timberwolves at Thunder

This will be the Minnesota Timberwolves' first game since Tom Thibodeau was fired. The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the NBA's best, sitting third in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves won the last matchup, 114-112, so the Thunder will look to even the score.

The Toronto Raptors claimed their first win over the Milwaukee Bucks this NBA season, securing a 123-116 victory on Saturday.

Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam had stellar offensive performances, contributing 30 points apiece. Serge Ibaka was right behind them with 25.

Giannis Antetokounmpo did everything he could to keep Milwaukee in the game, but it was not enough. He had 43 points and 18 rebounds in a losing effort.

The Bucks dropped to 27-11 but remain the top team in the East. Toronto's 29-12 record is good for second. The final regular-season matchup between these two teams will come on January 31, and it should be a good one.

 

Curry red-hot for Warriors

Stephen Curry scored 46 points and made 10 three-pointers in a close 127-123 Warriors win against the Kings in Sacramento.

James Harden extended his streak of games with at least 35 points to 10 by dropping 38 on Portland in a 110-101 loss for the Rockets.

Nikola Jokic scored 39 points and grabbed 12 boards as the Nuggets beat the Hornets 123-110.

 

Bad Barnes as Gasol also struggles

Harrison Barnes scored seven points on two-of-nine shooting in the Mavericks' 106-100 loss to the 76ers.

Marc Gasol scored six points on two-of-nine shooting as Memphis fell short to San Antonio 108-88.

 

Bridges delivers huge dunk

Miles Bridges used the open court to show off a powerful windmill dunk in Denver on the break.

De'Aaron Fox's rush hour handles led to a crafty finish at the rim.

Saturday's results

Denver Nuggets 123-110 Charlotte Hornets
Utah Jazz 110-105 Detroit Pistons
Philadelphia 76ers 106-100 Dallas Mavericks
New Orleans Pelicans 133-98 Cleveland Cavaliers
Toronto Raptors 123-116 Milwaukee Bucks
San Antonio Spurs 108-88 Memphis Grizzlies
Portland Trail Blazers 110-101 Houston Rockets
Golden State Warriors 127-123 Sacramento Kings

 

Pacers at Raptors

Indiana (26-12) are riding a six-game winning streak, and the last team they lost to was Toronto (29-12). The Raptors just beat the first-placed Bucks 123-116 in Toronto, despite a 43-point double-double from Antetokounmpo. The second- and third-placed teams in the Eastern Conference should have a competitive game.

Victor Oladipo nailed a last-gasp three-pointer as the Indiana Pacers extended their winning streak to six NBA games by beating the Chicago Bulls 119-116 in overtime.

Indiana star Oladipo banked in a three-pointer with 0.3 seconds remaining to ensure the Pacers stayed hot on Friday.

Oladipo finished the game with 36 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The Pacers are now just one and a half games back of the Milwaukee Bucks for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 rebounds, 10 assists and eight rebounds as the Bucks – who led 43-12 after 12 minutes – routed the Atlanta Hawks 144-112 in Milwaukee.

 

George helps Thunder top Blazers

Paul George had 37 points, eight rebounds and two assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 111-109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The victory broke an eight-game losing streak in Portland for Oklahoma City.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal posted 33 points, nine rebounds and seven assists but his team fell to the Miami Heat 115-109.

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 29 points and added 15 rebounds in their 120-103 victory against the Orlando Magic.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley scored 31 points and added four steals in a 109-100 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Los Angeles Clippers center Marcin Gortat had close to a perfect night scoring 18 points on eight-of-10 shooting and two-of-two from the free-throw line. He also grabbed 13 rebounds in a 121-111 win over the Phoenix Suns.

 

Sexton struggles in Cleveland's defeat

Cavaliers rookie Collin Sexton shot the three-pointer well, going three of four from beyond the arc, but he failed to hit a single shot inside of the line as he finished three of 13 from the floor in Cleveland's 117-91 loss to the Utah Jazz.

 

Doncic dazzles again

Dallas Mavericks sensation Luka Doncic provided another shot for the highlight-reel, nailing a three before the half-time buzzer in his team's 114-93 defeat at the Boston Celtics.

 

Friday's results

Utah Jazz 117-91 Cleveland Cavaliers
Minnesota Timberwolves 120-103 Orlando Magic
Miami Heat 115-109 Washington Wizards
Indiana Pacers 119-116 Chicago Bulls (OT)
Brooklyn Nets 109-100 Memphis Grizzlies
Boston Celtics 114-93 Dallas Mavericks
Milwaukee Bucks 144-112 Atlanta Hawks
Los Angeles Clippers 121-111 Phoenix Suns
New York Knicks 119-112 Los Angeles Lakers
Oklahoma City Thunder 111-109 Portland Trail Blazers

 

Raptors at Bucks

In a night full of good games as the Memphis Grizzlies play the San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Rockets face the Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors meet the Sacramento Kings, this is the best game on the schedule. It is two MVP contenders going head to head for the second time this season. Kawhi Leonard did not play in the first matchup of the season and the Toronto Raptors lost to the Bucks, but the second fixture was decided by just five points and was a great regular-season showing. This one looks to be no different.

The Golden State Warriors handled the Trail Blazers this time by beating Portland 115-105 in the NBA on Saturday.

Andre Iguodala has received constant praise for his basketball IQ, but was ejected after he threw the ball deep into the stands just before the half-time buzzer. Nevertheless, the Warriors' top weapons all came to play.

Klay Thompson led the way, scoring 32 points. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry contributed 25 points apiece.

Damian Lillard did all he could to keep Portland competitive. He poured in 40 points in a losing effort.

Golden State snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 24-13 while the Blazers dropped to 20-16.

Walker, Harden score big

Kemba Walker scored 47 points on 18-of-29 shooting as Charlotte fell short to Washington 130-126.

James Harden recorded his third consecutive 40-point game by scoring 41 against the Pelicans in a 108-104 victory for the Rockets.

Jamal Murray scored 46 points on a career-high nine made three-pointers to help Denver defeat Phoenix 122-118.

 

Kanter, Bazemore struggle

Enes Kanter was held scoreless on 0-of-six shooting in the Knicks' 129-97 blowout loss to the Jazz.

Kent Bazemore scored five points on two-of-nine shooting as the Hawks beat the Cavaliers 111-108.

 

Antetokounmpo responds in style

Giannis Antetokounmpo had one dunk blocked earlier on, but returned with a vengeance to punish the Nets at the rim with a slam in the Bucks' 129-115 win.

Jayson Tatum reached back with perfect timing to convert a put-back dunk in the Celtics' 112-103 win against the Grizzlies.

Saturday's results

Milwaukee Bucks 129-115 Brooklyn Nets
Houston Rockets 108-104 New Orleans Pelicans
Washington Wizards 130-126 Charlotte Hornets
Atlanta Hawks 111-108 Cleveland Cavaliers
Boston Celtics 112-103 Memphis Grizzlies
Utah Jazz 129-97 New York Knicks
Denver Nuggets 122-118 Phoenix Suns
Golden State Warriors 115-105 Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs 122-111 Los Angeles Clippers

 

Thunder at Mavericks

Oklahoma City (22-12) and Dallas (16-18) will play each other two more times before 2019 is up. The Mavericks beat a Russell Westbrook-less Thunder team 111-96 in their first meeting this season behind a game-high 22 points from rookie sensation Luka Doncic.

The Sacramento Kings reigned supreme with a 117-116 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers thanks to Bogdan Bogdanovic's buzzer-beater.

In the Lakers' first game without LeBron James – who is sidelined with a groin injury – Bogdanovic stepped up for the Kings and drilled a three-pointer as time expired to seal Thursday's NBA win.

Bogdanovic came off the bench to lead all Kings players with 23 points.

Kyle Kuzma tried to fill James' shoes, logging 33 points with four assists and nine rebounds, while Lonzo Ball was just short of a triple-double following 20 points,12 assists and nine rebounds. 

 

Harden lifts Rockets

James Harden is the reigning league MVP, and he is making his case for a second campaign. The NBA star scored 45 points, marking the sixth game in a row he has scored 35 points or more as the Houston Rockets topped the Boston Celtics 127-113. Harden also made nine three-pointers, which tied his career-high.

Ben Simmons posted his fifth triple-double of the season in the Philadelphia 76ers' 114-97 victory at the Utah Jazz. The Australian finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists.

 

Thompson headlines Warriors' woes

Klay Thompson's slump continued as the Golden State Warriors fell to the Trail Portland Blazers 110-109 in overtime. Thompson scored just 15 points off six of 19 field goal attempts, went two-for-nine beyond the arc and went one-for-four in free throws.

 

Age just a number for Korver

Jazz veteran Kyle Korver may be 37, but he can still shoot threes like he did in his younger years. Korver sank this beauty right before the shot clock ran out at the end of the first quarter.

 

Thursday's results

Houston Rockets 127-113 Boston Celtics
Milwaukee Bucks 112-96 New York Knicks
Sacramento Kings 117-116 Los Angeles Lakers
Portland Trail Blazers 110-109 Golden State Warriors (OT)
Philadelphia 76ers 114-97 Utah Jazz

 

Nuggets at Spurs

The Denver Nuggets will travel to the San Antonio Spurs for the two team's first matchup of the season. The surging Spurs have won seven of their last 10 games, while the Nuggets are half a game behind the Warriors in the Western Conference. Denver will be looking to shake off a tough loss against the Los Angeles Clippers, which saw Nikola Jokic ejected, while the Spurs will try to bounce back from a loss against the Rockets. It will be a clash between two Western Conference teams that look poised for the postseason.

The Los Angeles Lakers powered to a win over the Golden State Warriors without their biggest star in the marquee Christmas Day matchup on Tuesday. 

Christmas Day basketball has become a tradition for the NBA. 

The league has made this seasonal slate of holiday matchups a staple for basketball junkies everywhere, and this year is no different.

This season's Christmas Day lineup features storied franchises and young teams on the rise. More than seven decades of Christmas Day NBA basketball have led to Tuesday's games, and some interesting things have happened along the way.

Here is Tuesday's NBA Christmas Day slate:

Milwaukee Bucks at New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets
Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors
Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz

Let's take a look at the 10 things to look for on NBA Christmas with a hand from our colleagues at Opta. If you like what you see here, give 'em a follow at @OptaLarry (as in Bird).

1. First game between Sixers and Celtics

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … the first meeting for the Sixers and C's. Despite the heated rivalry between these two Eastern Conference teams over the years, they have never played each other on Christmas Day. Boston have dominated Philadelphia as of late, winning eight of their last 10 matchups. However, the Celtics haven't played the 76ers since they acquired Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Both sides have youth and are stocked with talent. Philadelphia will have a chance to prove they have taken the next step towards being a legitimate championship contender. Meanwhile, Boston will find out just how much the competition has closed the talent gap.

2. Second all-time dubs

The Trail Blazers have the second-best winning percentage in NBA history on Christmas Day. Portland are 14-3 all time, giving the Blazers a winning percentage of 82.4. Rip City will have a chance to improve on its impressive mark against the Jazz. This matchup will be the final Christmas game on the schedule this year. Portland haven't played on Christmas since they lost to the Warriors in 2010. Utah's last Christmas victory was against the Rockets way back in 1997. Nevertheless, both squads will be in the late-night spotlight this time around.

3. Three drenched men

Only three players in NBA history have scored more than 50 points in a single Christmas Day game. Bernard King scored 60 for the Knicks in 1984, Wilt Chamberlain poured in 59 for the Lakers in 1961 and Rick Barry dropped 50  for the Warriors in 1966. All three of those teams play on Tuesday, and plenty of players have the ability to fill it up. Among them are Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and James Harden, as well as a host of others. If one of them gets hot, he could join a very exclusive club of 50-point scorers. It'll take plenty of sweat to achieve such a feat on such a big stage though.

4. Four assist leaders

Rajon Rondo returned from his broken hand just in time. The NBA's last four assist leaders are Westbrook, Harden and Rondo respectively. If Chris Paul had not suffered a hamstring injury, the previous eight years of NBA assist leaders would be represented in Tuesday's field. Even without Paul available, the Rockets, Thunder and Lakers will have plenty of playmakers on the court.

5. Five scoring titles

The NBA's last five scoring titles are split among Harden, Westbrook, Curry and Kevin Durant. Westbrook has won two of the last five and Harden is on a pace to win his second straight. Needless to say, the league made sure all the most prolific scorers are showcased on Tuesday.

6. Six triple-doubles

Westbrook could average a triple-double for the third consecutive season if he keeps playing like he has been. The former MVP is a stocking stuffer that is one of the six players in NBA history to record a triple-double on Christmas Day. Only the great Oscar Robertson has multiple Christmas Day triple-doubles, but Westbrook could challenge his sole ownership of that distinguished accomplishment. Westbrook recorded 31 points, 11 rebounds and six assists against the Rockets last Christmas, and he'll get a chance to improve upon those numbers.

7. Seven perfect shooters

Only seven NBA players have been perfect from the free-throw line in a Christmas Day game since the 1983-84 season while while taking at least 10 attempts. One of those select few is Rockets guard Eric Gordon, who once hit all 12 of his attempts from the charity stripe in a Christmas game. Gordon was a perfect 5-of-5 from the line in Houston's 112-107 loss to Oklahoma City last Christmas, so maybe his perfection will carry over into this holiday season.

8. Eight shots a-blocking

Dallas Mavericks big man DeAndre Jordan holds the Christmas Day record for most blocks in a game with eight. Jordan accomplished the feat in 2011 as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers as they beat Golden State, 105-86. The only active player in Tuesday's slate who has come close to Jordan's record is the Lakers' Tyson Chandler, who totalled six blocks for the Knicks against the Celtics on the same day in 2011. 

9. Nine MVPs

Nine MVP awards over the last 10 seasons are split among players in Tuesday's slate. LeBron leads the field with four. He is followed by Curry, who has two. Harden, Durant and Westbrook each have one. The only player missing from the last decade is Derrick Rose.

10. Ten Wades a-winning

Dwyane Wade will never play in a Christmas Day game again, but he does hold the all-time record for wins on Christmas. Wade won 10 of his 13 Christmas games. His longtime team-mate Udonis Haslem is second on the list with nine wins. LeBron has eight wins in 12 games heading into Tuesday, and he could surpass his friend Wade in the coming years. But the Flash will hold the title for at least another year.

The Philadelphia 76ers got their first win against the Toronto Raptors this NBA season on Saturday.

While Kawhi Leonard did not play, Philadelphia's 126-101 routing of Toronto was a statement.

Philadelphia headed into half-time with a six-point lead and pushed their advantage to 12 by the end of the third quarter. From there, the 76ers pulled away.

Ben Simmons had a season-high 26 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists on 11-of-13 shooting in the win. Joel Embiid was ice cold last time the 76ers played the Raptors, but he recorded 27 points and 11 rebounds this time around.

Pascal Siakam led Toronto in scoring with 26 points. Kyle Lowry also chipped in 20 points.

Brilliant Beal, Bryant

Bradley Beal recorded his first ever triple-double with 40 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists in a 149-146 triple overtime win for the Wizards over the Suns.

Thomas Bryant had a career game for the Wizards, scoring 31 points on a perfect 14-of-14 shooting. Bryant also grabbed 14 rebounds.

James Harden scored 39 points and dished out 10 assists without Chris Paul to lead the Rockets to a 108-101 victory over the Spurs.

 

Green, Antetokounmpo battle

Danny Green scored nine points on three-of-12 shooting in the Raptors' loss to the 76ers.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored nine points on three-of-12 shooting in the Bucks' 94-87 loss to the Heat.

 

Jackson finishes powerfully

Josh Jackson converted a sneaky inbound pass steal into a powerful finish at the rim against Washington.

Luka Doncic took Jonas Jerebko off the dribble and slammed down a dunk, getting the hoop plus the foul. The Warriors went on to win 120-116.

Saturday's results

Los Angeles Clippers 132-111 Denver Nuggets
Washington Wizards 149-146 Phoenix Suns
Philadelphia 76ers 126-101 Toronto Raptors
Houston Rockets 108-101 San Antonio Spurs
Miami Heat 94-87 Milwaukee Bucks
Golden State Warriors 120-116 Dallas Mavericks
Oklahoma City Thunder 107-106 Utah Jazz

 

Clippers at Warriors

The Clippers (19-13) are 1-0 against the Warriors (21-11) this season and they will get a chance to improve upon that mark on Sunday. Los Angeles had a convincing 132-111 win over the Nuggets on Saturday.

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