Christmas and the NBA make a perfect pairing. The holiday has long been a featured part of the league's regular-season schedule, leading to some memorable moments.
One team that's no stranger to Christmas Day action is the Denver Nuggets. Here's everything you need to know about the Nuggets' history on Christmas.
Nuggets Christmas Game History
The NBA made its Christmas Day debut in 1947, and the holiday has been a constant part of the league's regular-season schedule ever since.
Denver played its first game on Dec. 25th in 1949. The Nuggets unfortunately lost 76-72 to the Sheboygan Red Skins. It would take until 1994 for the team to get its first win on Christmas Day. They defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 105-94 in a rematch of their heated playoff series from the previous postseason.
Denver's most recent Christmas appearance was in 2022. The Nuggets hosted the Phoenix Suns and pulled out the 128-125 victory thanks to a 41-point triple-double from Nikola Jokic.
Nuggets All-Time Christmas Record and Results
The Nuggets are dismal 2-6 all-time on Christmas Day. Check out the franchise's full Christmas results below.
- 1949: Sheboygan Red Skins 76, Denver Nuggets 72
- 1979: Denver Nuggets 111, Utah Jazz 122
- 1994: Seattle SuperSonics 96, Denver Nuggets 105
- 2009: Denver Nuggets 96, Portland Trail Blazers 107
- 2010: Denver Nuggets 106, Oklahoma City Thunder 114
- 2012: Denver Nuggets 100, Los Angeles Clippers 112
- 2019: New Orleans Pelicans 112, Denver Nuggets 100
- 2020: Los Angeles Clippers 121, Denver Nuggets 108
- 2022: Phoenix Suns 125, Denver Nuggets 128
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