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National Basketball Association Christmas games

The first NBA game played on December 25 Arrived in 1947, a year after the NBA’s Beginning, when the New York Knicks beat the Providence Steamrollers in Madison Square Garden 89—75.

Ever since then, the NBA has played with games each year on Christmas Day except in 1998 (when a lockout canceled half of the 1998—99 year ). By comparison, Major League Baseball is at its own off-season during Christmas, the National Football League only schedules Christmas games when Christmas falls on the weekend (and even then just schedules games on Christmas sometimes ) and the National Hockey League’s collective bargaining agreement forbids playing matches on Christmas Day (and, except if it falls on a Saturday, Christmas Eve as well). In college football, the only bowl game traditionally scheduled for Christmas has become the defunct Aloha Bowl (and for one season, its replacement, the Hawaii Bowl). Therefore, the NBA is the only league to frequently schedule games on December 25.
In the first days, regional closeness dictated most of the matchups. Teams and with their geographic rivals would perform also to let them have more time with their families and also to decrease holiday travel. Based on Dr. Jack Ramsay, who coached the Portland Trail Blazers from 1976—77 (their only tournament season) into 1986,»Christmas supposed being at home with the family and having a match we always won. This was a great Christmas to me.» He set the record for most coaching victories on Christmas Day with 11, an accomplishment that Phil Jackson afterwards matched in 2008.
From the early 1980s, the New York Knicks put three years in a row. In 1 game (1984), hall-of-fame ahead Bernard King scoring 60 points—the most ever scored by a player on Christmas Day, Together with the advent of television and the excitement caused by these games, the NBA decided to scheduled games over the holiday which showcased the best teams and players.

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