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A casual NBA fan makes sure to watch three basketball events throughout the year: The NBA Finals, All-Star Weekend and Christmas Day. This coming NBA Christmas Day will be one of the most watched ever as Kobe Bryant will be playing on the 25th of December for the final time in his career.
It’s going to be special because when you think of NBA Christmas Day, you think of Kobe Bryant. Quite possibly the biggest draw since Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant has headlined more X-Mas day games than any player in NBA history. He has also played more games on December 25 throughout his career than any other date of the year. The Mamba is also the all-time Christmas Day scoring leader with 383 points.
We continue celebrating Kobe’s career during his final season as we countdown down the five best Christmas Day performances of his career.
This was Kobe’s last big game on Christmas Day. The star-studded Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-94 on Bryant’s 34 points and 5 rebounds. This matchup made for an exciting duel between Kobe and Carmelo Anthony who also had 34 points in the game. At the age of 34, Bryant was low-key destroying father time this season and looked better than ever physically as well as statistically. (Photo via ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)