NBA Christmas Roundup: Doncic Reaches Milestone, Celtics Top Lakers

Christmas Day in the NBA was a day of stars shining bright, with Luka Doncic's 50-point masterpiece

by Sededin Dedovic
NBA Christmas Roundup: Doncic Reaches Milestone, Celtics Top Lakers
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Luka Doncic stole the show on Christmas Day in the NBA, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 128-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns with a dazzling performance. The Slovenian phenomenon scored 50 points, added 14 assists and narrowly missed a triple-double with 6 rebounds in an almost 44-minute master class.

He also etched his name in history, reaching 10,000 points in the NBA. The game hung in the balance until the final quarter, with the Mavericks trailing by one point entering the fourth quarter. But Doncic and company shifted gears, dominating the final period 37-22 to secure the victory.

Jones scored 23 points and provided valuable support to Doncic's offensive attack. For the Suns, Devin Booker scored 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Damion Jones and Mychal Mulder scored 23 and 22 points, respectively, and they added 14 and 19 rebounds.

However, even though they played well, Doncic simply stole the show.

Anthony Davis 40 points but defeat

The Boston Celtics topped the Los Angeles Lakers 126:115 in a highly anticipated Christmas showdown. Kristaps Porzingis exploded for 28 points and 11 rebounds, while Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart all contributed significantly, scoring 25, 19 and 18 points.

Despite another miraculous performance by Anthony Davis, who scored 40 points and 13 rebounds, the Lakers fell. LeBron James scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, but in the end, their effort was not enough to overcome the Celtics' balanced attack.

Boston was very good from the beginning of the match, although the moody Davis caused them problems defensively. But the team from LA could not find its game after winning the NBA Cup. They simply fell into a mild scoring crisis.

Meanwhile, the Miami Heat continued their impressive streak, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 119-113. In a game that was missing both Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler on the Miami Heat, Jaime Jaquez took center stage, recording 31 points and 10 rebounds.

Bam Adebayo had a double-double with 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Tobias Harris led the 76ers with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Jaquez made good use of his opportunity, so the coach should count on him a little more in the future. A lot of matches were played across the country, and we can say that Doncic marked this Christmas.

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