NBA at Christmas: Warriors Defeat Suns & Nets Hand Lakers Their Fifth Straight Loss

Many people consider Christmas Day to be one of their favorite days of the year for the NBA because they have five games scheduled in a row. As is customary, there were a few particularly noteworthy ones this year, including a new, burgeoning rivalry that has the potential to dominate the Western Conference this year and for years to come. The Suns faced the Golden State Warriors in Phoenix on Saturday, and the game did not disappoint as the league’s two best teams squared off. This time, however, Steph Curry and his teammates were able to defeat their opponents, winning 116-107 thanks to Curry’s 33-point performance.


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The performance of Otto Porter was also massive as well, as he was the one that made three big shots down the stretch to finish off the Suns for good. Chris Paul had led the way for Phoenix in this one, scoring 21 points as the Warriors retook first in the division. Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Lakers fell to yet another defeat, they’re fifth in a row, as they slipped to a 122-115 reverse in their newly-named home to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets gave up 39 points to LeBron James and a triple-double to Russell Westbrook, and they were without Kevin Durant, but that didn’t matter as James Harden posted a massive triple-double of his own with 36 points, ten assists, and ten rebounds to help them push past the limping Lakers. Patty Mills was also crucial, with the Australian sharpshooter knocking down eight three-pointers in a 34-point showing. The day’s action began in New York with the Knicks taking on the Atlanta Hawks, and that one saw the hosts come away with a 101-87 romp. Julius Randle had a double-double and led the way with 25 points while Kemba Walker recorded the day’s first triple-double. The Milwaukee Bucks, led by Giannis’ 36 points and 12 rebounds, saw off the Boston Celtics 117-113 and the nightcap featured the Utah Jazz beat the Dallas Mavericks 120-116 as Donovan Mitchell exploded for 33 points.


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