Top 5 NBA Christmas performances: Carey Irving, Kevin Durant Dazzled Again; Geo Williamson dominates in defeat


Usually, by the time we get to the NBA Christmas Day slate, the teams are in a good rhythm, logging six weeks of a normal season. This is not a normal season. In Friday’s Christmas slate, 10 teams were to play just their second game after a rapid change from the bubble playoffs.

It showed in many ways. A lot of slope needs to be cleaned on a lot of fronts. The Warriors look like a dumper fire. The Pelicans, at times, hang the ball in their breath position. But the mixed has had many sensational performances.

The Nets look fantastic through two games. The Lakers and Heat were great at moving their dude openers over Christmas. In all, the games themselves were not very competitive over Christmas, all ending with double digits of five. So we want to focus on the best individual performance from the day. In order, they are here.

Irving said that he is going to let his game take over this season, and so far he has been heard loudly and clearly. The way Irving turned Brooklyn into a halftime deficit at Boston was tied for 11 in the fourth quarter with 20 points from his game-high 37 in the second half, putting Nell in the coffin. He took 13 shots including 7-10 for three from the line and 4 for 4 from the line. He added eight helpers and six rebels for good measure. He was superbly skilled, scoring almost perfectly from behind the arc or paint as he and Kevin Durant played my turn to perfection.

Williamson was terrible for the loss to the Heat of New Orleans, which turned out to be the closest game of the day, ending with 32 points and a career-high 14 rebellions for his second double-double in as many games. Zion joined LeBron James as one of two players in history to score at least 30 points over Christmas before he turned 21. He is a force beyond words. When he turns to his left, forget about it, and he has a knack for getting to his left, though everyone knows he is trying to do so. His second jump is a revelation. He is a tremendous cutter. And he can face you and eject you from the dribble, either putting you in a spin cycle or going right through you. He did all that on Christmas; It just wasn’t enough.

Middleton dissected the Warriors by shooting 31 points, five assassins and four boards on 10-of-15 shooting, including 6-for-8 from beyond the arc and 5-for-5 from the line, with a relatively pedestrian display for Giannis Entetripompo’s footprint. done. Milwaukee rolled over. Middleton were aggressive to score from the jump, doing most of their damage in the first half (21 points on 4-of-6 from deep) before exiting the game’s first hand. Through two games, Middleton was 29 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists on 57 percent shooting, including 56 percent from 3-point range. Hello.

Davis was the surgeon in the Lakers’ win over Dallas, posting nearly 28 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks as easy as a fashion can fall down such a line. He started off on fire and finished 10-of-16 from the field, including 3-5 from the free-throw line. The ease with which Davis can get to his place and rise above anyone is honestly starting to feel like Kevin Durant, and I don’t say that lightly.

5. Kevin Durant

Durant converted Brooklyn’s three-point drop out of 16 points in the 35 third quarter to a fourth with a nine-point lead when Irving kept it away. Durant finished 29-of-3 with just 16 shots to go 3-for-4 from deep. He showed some very impressive defense over Jason Tatum, and put the ball on the deck and easily exploded into the rim as evidence continues to mount that Durant is fully back to his old self. Durant and Irving were plus-31 for both games. This is no joke against a team like the Celtics.

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  • Brandon Ingram: 28 points out of 4-of-8 from 3-point range; New Orleans was placed 11 times in the line, sinking 11 times.
  • Lebron James: 22 points and 10 assists; Only Kobe came second in the Christmas issue, leaving Bryant behind
  • Duncan Robinson: Christmas makes six 3-pointers in the first half, seven from downtown
  • Goran Dressic: 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting; Will be found in paint; Heat plus-21 in his minutes
  • Jaylen Brown: 27 points but it gave him 25 shots
  • Paul George: 23 points, 5 -9 from beyond the arc, team-high plus-14
  • Nikola Jokic: 24 points, 10 assists, nine rebellions in a footnote near the triple-double

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