15 ways the NBA on Christmas Day became a hoop happening

15 ways the NBA on Christmas Day became a hoop happening

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15 ways the NBA on Christmas Day became a hoop happening

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4. HEAT AT LAKERS (2004)

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Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, once teammates but no longer buddies, met on Christmas in 2004. There was bad blood after the breakup and it led to a fiery meeting. Kobe went for 42 points. Shaq scored 24 before fouling out. The game went to overtime and the Heat survived a last-second Kobe attempt at a game-winning three-point shot. Dwyane Wade starred scoring 29 points and feeding 10 assists. Among those in attendance were Prince, Snoop Dogg, Nicole Kidman, Larry David and Samuel L. Jackson.

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