National Basketball Association Christmas games

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

Ever since that time, the NBA has played games every year on Christmas Day except in 1998 (if a lockout canceled half of the 1998–99 season). In contrast, Major League Baseball is in its off-season throughout Christmas, the National Football League only programs Christmas games when Christmas falls on the weekend (and even then just programs games on Christmas occasionally) and the National Hockey League’s collective bargaining agreement forbids playing games on Christmas Day (and, except when it falls on a Saturday, Christmas Eve too ). 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). The NBA is the only league.
From the first days, regional proximity dictated most of the matchups. Teams would usually play with their rivals to decrease holiday travel and also to allow them to have additional time with their families. According to Dr. Jack Ramsay, who coached the Portland Trail Blazers from 1976–77 (their only championship season) into 1986,”Christmas meant being at home with the family and using a match we won. That was a great Christmas for me personally.” He also set the record for most coaching victories on Christmas Day with 11, an accomplishment that Phil Jackson afterwards matched in 2008.
The New York Knicks put on a show three years in a row. In 1 match (1984), hall-of-fame ahead Bernard King scoring 60 points–the most ever scored by a participant on Christmas Day, With the dawn of television and the excitement brought on by these games, the NBA decided to scheduled games over the vacation which showcased the best teams and players.

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