There is no better day in the regular season for an NBA fan than Christmas. Sitting with family, opening presents and watching all of the most polarizing NBA teams for more than 12 hours straight. It’s basically heaven – and this year’s Christmas day gave us many goodies.

Game 1: Philadelphia 76ers defeat New York Knicks, 105-98

Player of the Game: Enes Kanter (31 points, 22 rebounds)

These two young, upstart teams kicked of the day right with an amazingly competitive performance. Joel Embiid and Enes Kanter both had historic performances, and gave all the fans at Madison Square Garden a show they will never forget.

This game proved that both of these teams have what it takes to be contenders in the Eastern Conference sooner rather than later. Look for these two teams to both move up in the Eastern Conference rankings at the turn of the New Year.

Game 2: Golden State Warriors defeat Cleveland Cavaliers, 99-92

Player of the Game: Draymond Green (12 points, 12 rebounds,Β  11 assists)

The rivalry between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers continues to wax strong with yet another highly contested match-up. Golden State were without star point guard Stephen Curry for the ninth straight game, but it did not stop them from defeating a scorching hot Cleveland Cavaliers team. Draymond Green had his first triple-double and was able to dominate the game defensively, and with his playmaking ability.

We might have seen a preview of yet another finals rematch between Golden State and Cleveland, but is that really a bad thing?

Game 3: Washington Wizards defeat Boston Celtics, 111-103

Player of the Game: John Wall (21 points, 14 assists)

After going 0-6 in TD Garden last year, the Washington Wizards were able to get a much needed win for their confidence going forward against Kyrie Irving, and the Boston Celtics, and snapping a nine-game losing streak at the Garden. John Wall had his best performance since his comeback from a knee injury that sidelined him for nine straight games. He was in complete control of the game from start to finish, and made everyone around him better.

These two teams took each other to seven games in the second round of the playoffs last year. Do not be shocked to see these teams battle it out again this year in the playoffs.

Game 4: Oklahoma City Thunder defeat Houston Rockets, 112-107

Player of the Game: Russell Westbrook (31 points, 11 assists, 3 steals)

The battle between former teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden was extremely entertaining and was filled with many interesting story lines. Harden was fresh off of back-to-back 51 point nights, and the Thunder were riding a four-game winning streak. The game was filled with great highlights, and was competitive from start to finish, but Oklahoma eventually pulled away in the end. “The “OK3” of Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony were on fire last night, and combined for 75 points — which was just too much for the Chris Paul-less Houston Rockets.

Game 5: Minnesota Timberwolves defeat Los Angeles Lakers

Player of the Game: Karl-Anthony Towns (21 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks)

The night-cap on Christmas day featured Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves take on Kyle Kuzma and the Los Angeles Lakers. This game was very close until the Minnesota Timberwolves took over in the fourth quarter and ran away with the game. The Lakers missed Lonzo Ball today in the open court, and will be missing him for the foreseeable future because of a left shoulder sprain. Kyle Kuzma had yet another outstanding performance with 31 points (the first rookie to do that since Lebron James), but it just was not enough.

The Timberwolves played great as a unit — having five players score 16 points or more. Towns was in attack mode all night, and put on a show for all of the Los Angeles fans.

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