It’s safe to say LeBron James has been seen more often than not playing on Christmas Day.
I went ahead and found videos for nearly every one of LeBron James Christmas performances and put his stats together. Huge thanks to NBA.com for doing a blog similar and having some content ready to share.
2003: Cavs @ Magic
Final score: Magic 113, Cavs 101 (OT)
LeBron’s stats: 34 points, 13-28 FG, 4-10 3pt FG, 2 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl in 47 minutes |
Orlando Magic’s Tracy McGrady and the Magic jumped past the young rookie LeBron James and the Cavs.
For Orlando it was Juwan Howard who shined with McGrady scored 14 of Orlando’s 16 points.
2007: Cavs Vs. Heat
Final score: Cavs 96, Heat 82
LeBron’s stats: 25 points, 9-19 FG, 0-3 3pt FG, 6 reb, 12 ast in 38 minutes | Box score
LeBron went three years without playing on Christmas James made his presence felt beating Dwyane Wade and the Heat.
Cleveland turned up its defense in the third quarter to spark the win. The image above happened just under the two minute mark in the fourth quarter. The nail was put in the coffin.
2008: Cavs vs. Wizards
Final score: Cavs 93, Wizards 89
LeBron’s stats: 18 points, 6-13 FG, 0-2 3pt FG, 5 reb, 6 ast, 3 stl in 38 minutes |
The matchup looked enticing before the season began, but by Christmas Day it was hardly that.
Injuries had Washington off to a 4-22 start on the season. Although the Wizards played a solid game. The Cavs held on late to expand to 15-0 at home.
2009: Cavs @ Lakers
Final score: Cavs 102, Lakers 87
LeBron’s stats: 26 points, 9-19 FG, 2-7 3pt FG, 4 reb, 9 ast, 2 stl in 40 minutes |
This game was two teams that were on fire to start the season and into the future. Kobe. LeBron.
This game, however, was about LeBron’s help (Mo Williams and Shaquille O’Neal) they both performed solid.
2010: Heat @ Lakers
Final score: Heat 96, Lakers 80
LeBron’s stats: 27 points, 8-14 FG, 5-6 3pt FG, 11 reb, 10 ast, 4 stl in 38 minutes |
2011: Heat @ Mavericks
Final score: Heat 105, Mavericks 94
LeBron’s stats: 37 points, 11-19 FG, 10 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk in 36 minutes |
A lockout-shortened season got started with a rematch of the 2010 Finals and James’ loss in that series was clearly on his mind. James and Wade fueled Miami and Dallas didn’t stand a chance. The score is closer than the game actually was.
2012: Heat vs. Thunder
Final score: Heat 103, Thunder 97
LeBron’s stats: 29 points, 12-20 FG, 0-3 3pt FG, 8 reb, 9 ast, 2 stl in 41 minutes | B
This Finals rematch lived up to the hype, as OKC’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each missed potential game-tying 3-pointers in the final 15 seconds.
2013: Heat @ Lakers
Final score: Heat 101, Lakers 95
LeBron’s stats: 19 points, 7-14 FG, 0-4 3pt FG, 8 reb, 4 ast in 35 minutes |
Kobe Bryant wasn’t able to suit up for this game due to a knee injury.
2014: Cavs @ Heat
Final score: Heat 101, Cavs 91
LeBron’s stats: 30 points, 9-16 FG, 2-8 3pt FG, 4 reb, 8 ast in 40 minutes |
Five months after returning to Cleveland, James got his first shot at the Heat as an opposing player in eight years.
2015: Cavs @ Warriors
Final score: Warriors 89, Cavs 83
LeBron’s stats: 25 points, 10-26 FG, 1-5 3pt FG, 9 reb, 2 ast in 38 minutes |
2016: Cavs vs. Warriors
Final score: Cavs 109, Warriors 108
LeBron’s stats: 31 points, 12-22 FG, 4-8 3pt FG, 13 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl in 40 minutes |
This marked the first matchup between James and Durant on Christmas since 2012 as well.
James became the third player to surpass 300 points on the holiday, joining Kobe Bryant (395) and Oscar Robertson (377).
2017: Cavs @ Warriors
Final score: Warriors 99, Cavs 92
LeBron’s stats: 20 points, 7-18 FG, 2-7 3pt FG, 6 reb, 6 ast in 40 minutes |
James’ final Christmas Day game with the Cavs turned out to be a classic showdown with the Warriors. LeBron had a chance to cut the Warriors’ lead to one with 24.5 seconds left, but his shot was blocked by Durant.
2018: Lakers @ Warriors
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