Save up for the finals and maybe All-Star Weekend, there isn’t a much bigger stage than NBA Christmas Day.
In the history of the league, the biggest stars have spoken numerous times during the holidays. Kobe Bryant’s record of 16 games on Christmas Day will soon be equaled by LeBron James, who will play Christmas for the 16th time in his 19-year career.
Fittingly, Bryant and James are also the two all-time scoring leaders in NBA Christmas history. As James continues to grow his tally, take a look at the top 10 scoring leaders of all time on Christmas Day, three of which are still active.
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All-time scoring leaders on Christmas Day
The best scoring performances of Christmas Day
LeBron is at the top of the all-time list, but he’s a different King who is at the top of the list of the best single-game Christmas performances.
In one of the most legendary individual performances in game history, Bernard King finished with 60 points in a loss to the Nets in 1984. Nine times out of 10, a list of scoring records includes Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 59 points. in a loss to the Knicks in 1961.
As it stands, Rick Barry is the only player to score 50 Christmas points in a win.
|Bernard King||60||1984||Knicks vs. Nets|
|Wilt chamberlain||59||1961||Warriors vs. Knicks|
|Rick barry||fifty||1966||Warriors vs. Royals|
|Jerry west||47||1963||Lakers vs. Knicks|
|Tracy mcgrady||46||2002||Magic against pistons|
|Wilt chamberlain||Four. Five||1959||Warriors vs. Nationals|
|Tom heinsohn||Four. Five||1961||Celtics vs. Nationals|
|Dominique wilkins||Four. Five||1987||Falcons vs. 76ers|
|Kevin During||44||2010||Thunder vs. Nuggets|
|Jerry west||44||1965||Lakers vs. Pistons|