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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3. Celtics at Lakers (2008)

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This was a classic matchup after the Celtics had defeated the Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals in six games. The Celtics were scorching, entering with a 27-2 record and 19-game winning streak. The Lakers were not far behind at 23-5. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined for 47 points. The Lakers closed the end of the game by going on a 13-2 run, with Gasol scoring seven points and blocking a shot in the final three minutes. The loss was Boston’s first in a Christmas matchup between the teams since 1970.

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