LeBron James Has a Solid Chance to Overtake Kobe Bryant in an All-Time Christmas Day Record

Published 12/25/2020, 12:00 PM EST
Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) wait to enter the game against the LA Clippers in the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James is a record-breaker, and he has created history several times in the past. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar can add one more feather to his cap if he puts up a massive performance in his team’s Christmas Day game against the Dallas Mavericks! 

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Christmas Day games are always a fan’s delight, and likewise, an athlete’s too. They get to entertain millions around the world during a special occasion, and it doesn’t get better than this! 

Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after receiving 2020 NBA Championship ring before a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

These special games have traditionally been taking place for years, and there are several record-holders when it comes to these fixtures. For instance, the New York Knicks have featured in 53 Christmas Day games, which is the most by any team. Behind them come the Los Angeles Lakers, with 46 games. 

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Four-time league MVP LeBron James will play in his 15th Christmas Day game when he takes to the court against the Mavericks. It implies that the King has only missed this fixture in his career for three years! 

Moreover, LeBron James stands third in the all-time Christmas Day points leaderboard. The Lakers star has amassed 361 points in his career and needs only 17 points against the Mavericks to pass Oscar Robertson (377) and clinch second place.

Furthermore, this will be a tough ask, but King James can jump to the first place if he scores 35 points or more against Dallas. Kobe Bryant is the current leader on the list with 395 total points on Christmas Day, and it would be an emotional moment if LeBron overtakes Kobe this year. 

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Besides having a chance to become Christmas Day’s leading scorer in history, LeBron can also match yet another record. This too is an individual stat, but not about scoring or rebounding. 

LBJ currently holds a 9-5 record when it comes to Christmas Day games and he has a chance to bring up a 10th individual victory if the Lakers beat the Mavericks. If it happens, LeBron James will be tied with Dwyane Wade as the players with the most wins on this special day.

Wade bowed out of the league with a 10-3 Christmas Day record and his good friend can soon catch up with him on the leaderboard. Can LeBron unleash his inner beast to climb on top of the Christmas Day charts? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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