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NBA Christmas Games 2014 Scores, Results & Recap: Heat vs Cavs, Thunder vs Spurs, Lakers vs Bulls & More!

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The Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls had a good reason to celebrate Christmas after winning their Dec. 25 matches.

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers might have given it their all, but just couldn't even make for close fights.

The Bleacher Report, in a listing of the best players of the Christmas Day affair, gave readers a taste of the action, starting off with Dwyane Wade, who at home faced former teammate LeBron James.

"Wade topped 30 points for just the second time this season, rediscovering some vintage heroics just in time to make an admittedly small statement against the still-searching Cleveland Cavaliers," said the report. One thing the world learned in that match would be that there is no bad blood between Wade and James, former members of the dreaded Big Three, said Dispatch.

Luol Deng served up 25 points, and Pau Gasol, 23.

The Miami Heat may have lost but Kyrie Irving was outstanding, producing 25 points, plus 4 rebounds and 3 assists. However, said James, "We're not that good right now... We've won some really good games, we've lost some games, but we're not that good right now," per the Dispatch report.

The Bleacher Report went on to cite Serge Ibaka's wares outside of defense, saying he helped Oklahoma City Thunder win 114-106 against the San Antonio Spurs, with 21 points and nine rebounds. Steven Adams -- 16 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and three blocks in just 31 minutes -- was equally important.

Russell Westbrook had a bad start, missing some shots here and there, but he exploded toward the end of the Christmas match.

"...[A]s expected, the avalanche came. Over the final two-plus quarters, Westbrook went 13-of-20 from the field, completely taking over the game. He did it with some powerful post-ups. He did it on some smooth drives. And he did it with some ridiculous off-balance, falling to the ground jumpers," said News OK.

Blake Griffin was "nearly unstoppable" in the Los Angeles Clippers' 100-86 win versus the Golden State Warriors, exploding with a show of his all-around offense, per the Bleacher Report's article.

Meanwhile, with Kobe Bryant once again sidelined because of the soreness in his leg, an equally injury-plagued Derrick Rose shone with 20 points and six assists to help the Bulls secure a 113-93 against the Lakers. Jimmy Butler also hauled 21 points, six rebounds and five assists.

The Wizards's John Wall produced 24 points, 11 assists and six rebounds in their 109-95 victory pitted against the Timberwolves.

Carmelo Anthony himself made off with 34 points to produce a large chunk of the Knicks' 91 points, but that was not enough to propel them to get a win versus the Washington Wizards, 102 points.

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