NEW YORK – The 72nd edition of the NBA on Christmas Day will feature five games televised across ESPN and ABC in the United States and streamed on the ESPN App. The annual tradition will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 46 languages.
The action tips off with the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors hosting a Christmas Day game for the first time when they meet the Boston Celtics at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN. ABC’s coverage opens with reigning Kia NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks visiting the Philadelphia 76ers at 2:30 p.m. ET, followed by NBA scoring leader James Harden and the Houston Rockets taking on the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco (5 p.m. ET).
ABC and ESPN will both air the Staples Center showdown between LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers and Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers at 8 p.m. ET. The schedule concludes with the Denver Nuggets hosting their first Christmas Day game in 25 years when they play the New Orleans Pelicans at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Here are some additional numbers highlighting the NBA on Christmas Day.
338 – James ranks third on the career Christmas Day scoring list with 338 points, behind No. 1 Kobe Bryant (395) and No. 2 Oscar Robertson (377).
140 – NBA teams have conducted 140 NBA Cares Season of Giving events this holiday season, serving more than 130,000 meals and distributing more than 10,000 gifts.
60 – Bernard King scored a Christmas Day-record 60 points for the New York Knicks against the New Jersey Nets in 1984.
31 – Philadelphia will host a Christmas Day game for the first time in 31 years.
30/17 – There are 30 international players from 17 countries on Christmas Day teams’ rosters.
28 – Christmas Day rosters feature 28 players who have been NBA All-Stars. NBA All-Star Voting presented by Google begins on Dec. 25 at 11 a.m. ET.
25 – This Christmas will mark the 25th anniversary of Scottie Pippen leading the Chicago Bulls to a 107-104 overtime win over the Knicks. Pippen had 36 points, 16 rebounds and five steals.
23 – The Lakers have the most wins on Christmas Day with 23.
15 – Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has been a part of 15 Christmas Day games – four as a player and 11 as a head coach.
14 – James will play his 14th Christmas Day game, moving into sole possession of second place in NBA history. Bryant holds the record with 16.
12 – The NBA will have five Christmas Day games for the 12th year in a row.
10 – Dwyane Wade has the most Christmas Day victories for a player with 10 – a record that James can match with a win this year.
6 – Six players have recorded a triple-double in a game on Christmas Day: Draymond Green (2017), Russell Westbrook (2013), James (2010), Billy Cunningham (1970), John Havlicek (1967) and Robertson (1960, 1961, 1963, 1967).
4 – Christmas Day will feature four Kia NBA MVPs: the Rockets’ Harden and Westbrook, the Lakers’ James and the Bucks’ Antetokounmpo.
3 – Three 2019 NBA All-Stars are set to make their Christmas Day debuts this year: Denver’s Nikola Jokić, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Boston’s Kemba Walker.
1 – The Jump’s new pregame show on ABC will air for the first time prior to the Lakers-Clippers game, while Hoop Streams, ESPN’s new digital onsite pregame, will make its debut on the ESPN App and ESPN’s Twitter and YouTube platforms.