Ranking NBA Christmas Day performances: Where does Luka Doncic's 50-point game rank?

Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns
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4. Nikola Jokic - 2022

Ironically enough, the Phoenix Suns appeared on the losing side of one of the better Christmas Day performances in NBA history last year as well. On Christmas Day in 2022, Nikola Jokic put up 41 points, 15 assists, and 15 rebounds in a 128-125 overtime victory for the Denver Nuggets.

Much like his Baltic companion in Doncic, Jokic controlled the game in all areas, even if it was from the center position and not the point guard position in Doncic's case. Jokic had much more help than Doncic as the Nuggets went on to win the NBA Finals this past year, but that's not to discredit his performance whatsoever.

Jokic out-played Deandre Ayton all night, and he championed a comeback late in the game just as Doncic did against Phoenix the other night. Jokic may not have had the defensive impact that Doncic did against Phoenix, but he certainly got after it more on the glass.

Jokic played in one of the more extremely high-profile Christmas Day games in modern NBA memory, as the game featured some electrifying plays down the stretch before Denver ultimately won in overtime. However, Jokic simply didn't score enough to top the last three candidates on this list.