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NBA Christmas Day 2018: NBA stars' performances on Christmas Day

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Leading up to one of the biggest dates on the NBA schedule, we're covering some of the biggest moments, performances and rivalries on NBA Christmas Day.

Today, we're taking a look at how some of the NBA's biggest stars have faired on Christmas.

Stephen Curry

Record: 3-3

Averages: 11.8 points (29.3% FG, 19.4% 3PT, 85.0% FT), 7.2 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals

Best performance: 19 points, seven assists, two steals in win vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (2015)

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Fun fact: Or, not so fun fact - Christmas Day seems to be Curry's kryptonite. It's the one day of the entire NBA season that he consistently does not kill teams like he does all other 82-plus games. His shooting percentages from the field and from beyond the arc are like the Monstars from Space Jam come and take his powers every Christmas morning.

Kevin Durant

Record: 4-4

Averages: 31.1 points (52.8% FG, 39.6% 3PT, 83.8% FT), 7.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.3 steals

Best performance: 44 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks in win vs. Denver Nuggets (2010)

Fun fact: If Durant scores more than 23 points on Christmas Day this season, he will pass Shaquille O'Neal for fifth all-time most points on Christmas Day. His 31.1 points per game on the holiday are the most among all active players and he trails LeBron James by just one 3-pointer for total threes made on Christmas all-time.

James Harden

Record: 5-1

Averages: 23.8 points (46.7% FG, 37.5% 3PT, 81.0% FT), 6.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds

Best performance: 29 points, 14 assists, eight rebounds, two steals, one block in loss vs. Oklahoma City Thuner (2017)

Fun fact: If Harden were to explode for 43 or more points he'd surpass Carmelo Anthony for fifth all-time in scoring on Christmas Day among active players. He trails his teammate Chris Paul by two assists to become top-five in that category among active players as well.

Dwight Howard

Record: 5-2

Averages: 10.6 points (39.1% FG, 47.1% FT), 15.0 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 1.3 steals, 1.0 assists

Best performance: 15 points, 20 rebounds, three assists, two blocks in win vs. San Antonio Spurs (2013)

Fun fact: Howard is ranked fourth all-time in blocks on Christmas Day with 18, trailing DeAndre Jordan (19), Elvin Hayes (22) and Shaquille O'Neal (25). He leads all active players in all-time rebounds with 105 and is the only active NBA player to post multiple 20-rebound games on Christmas.

Kyrie Irving

Record: 1-3

Averages: 20.8 points (41.8% FG, 25.0% 3PT, 92.3% FT), 5.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals

Best performance: 25 points, 10 assists, seven steals, six rebounds and a game-winner vs. Golden State Warriors (2016)

Fun fact: Kyrie's seven steals on Christmas Day 2016 against the Warriors is the most steals in a game on the holiday in NBA history. His game-winning shot was also the first game-winner on Christmas since Penny Hardaway's shot to beat the Houston Rockets in 1995. Both game-winners were in a rematch of the NBA Finals from the season before.

LeBron James

Record: 8-4

Averages: 26.8 points (49.6% FG, 31.8% 3PT, 64.1% FT), 7.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.6 steals

Best performance: 27 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists in win vs. Los Angeles Lakers (2010)

Fun fact: LeBron is third all-time in both points and assists on Christmas day. He is the all-time record holder for 3-pointers made on the holiday with 20 and is four Christmas Day games shy of tying Kobe Bryant's record for most games played (three after this Christmas). He is 74 points short of passing Bryant's Christmas scoring record as well, which he would be on pace to break as long as he plays in two more Christmas Day games after this year.

Dwyane Wade

Record: 10-3

Averages: 24.2 points (45.8% FG, 36.4% 3FG, 76.2% FT), 6.2 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals

Best performance: 40 points, 11 assists, four rebounds, four steals, four blocks in win vs. Dallas Mavericks (2006)

Fun fact: D-Wade has the most wins on Christmas Day in NBA history. LeBron is the next-closest active player with eight. He is third in all-time steals and fourth in all-time points and assists on Christmas Day. Unfortunately, Wade's days of playing on Christmas are over with it being his final season and the Heat absent from the schedule this year, but he surely has made his historical mark on the holiday.

Russell Westbrook

Record: 6-2

Averages: 23.8 points (40.6% FG, 22.7% 3FG, 75.8% FT), 8.5 assists, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals

Best performance: 34 points, 11 assists, five rebounds, five steals in win vs. San Antonio Spurs (2014)

Fun fact: Westbrook is tied with Scottie Pippen for most steals in NBA history on Christmas Day with 24. If he records four assists this year, he'll move into the top-five all-time in assists on Christmas. His 15 assists in 2016 are the most assists in a single game any active player has recorded on the holiday.

Stars who have never played on Christmas

To name a few...

Giannis Antetokounmpo (first appearance this season)

• Devin Booker

• DeMarcus Cousins

• DeMar DeRozan

• Damian Lillard (first appearance this season)

• Kyle Lowry

• Rudy Gobert

• Kemba Walker

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