Well, that didn’t exactly go as planned. The NBA has made a staple of the Christmas day slate of games in recent years, so much so that they practically hurried up to start the 2020/21 season just so we could have the games on the festive day as usual. Unfortunately, though, those games didn’t turn out to be the closest we have ever seen. These games were lopsided, with the five games ending with an average of 23 points separating the winner and the loser. The largest margin of victory came between Milwaukee and Golden State, with the Bucks destroying the Warriors 138-99. If the first two games are anything to go by, it’s going to be another long, poor season for the Warriors. Khris Middleton had 31 points in the rout.
Next on the list were the Brooklyn Nets walloping the Boston Celtics 123-95. The Nets made a run late-ish in the third to build a lead, and that momentum never stopped as they eased away. Kyrie Irving led the way in scoring with 37 points while Kevin Durant, in his second game as a Net, had 29 of his own. The Los Angeles teams both also got in on the action, with the Lakers dominating the Dallas Mavericks 138-115. Anthony Davis had 28 to outduel Luka Doncic’s 27 while LeBron James put up 22 and became the second-highest scoring player on Christmas day ever. The Clippers also got a win, seeing off the Denver Nuggets to end the festivities. The 121-108 win did see Kawhi Leonard get banged up, but he had 21 points before that bloodshed occurred. Paul George had 23 while Nikola Jokic had 24 in the defeat. And finally, the opener saw the New Orleans Pelicans fall 98-111 to the Miami Heat. Zion Williamson was good despite the defeat, dropping 32 to show his promise. Duncan Robinson led the way for the Heat with 23 points, most of which came from three-pointers.