Not much has been normal about 2020, but the NBA gave us the gift of the familiar on Christmas: five games, 10 teams and an abundance of storylines. And all five contests wound up being double-digit decisions in a series of blowout victories for the Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and finally the LA Clippers to wrap things up.
NBA teams won by an average of 23.2 points on Christmas. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the fifth-highest margin in a single day in NBA history among days when at least five games were played. It’s also the highest for any Christmas Day with at least three games played.
Our NBA experts kept a close eye on all five matchups and shared what stood out, including the Heat’s impressive depth; the Pelicans’ stars needing some help; a Warriors rookie flashing superstar potential; the Lakers showing off lights-out shooting in their second game of the season; and the Clippers exhibiting nifty playmaking skills by shooting 70% off passes.
Here are their key points from Christmas for you to keep in mind going forward.