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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11. TRACY MCGRADY: THE GIFT THAT KEPT SCORING

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Tracy McGrady must love Christmas. He played in three games on Dec. 25 and went for 40-plus on each occasion. The 43.3 ppg average is stunning. McGrady’s first Christmas appearance saw him score 43 points in an Orlando loss to the Indiana Pacers. In 2002, a hobbled McGrady went off for 46 points against the Detroit Pistons in a 104-99 Orlando Magic victory. The following season he outdid LeBron James, who scored 34 points, by playing 50 minutes and putting up 41 in an overtime victory for Orlando.

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