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 Philadelphia 76ers. Here's everything you need to know about the 76ers' history on Christmas.
76ers 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.
Philadelphia played its first game on Dec. 25th in 1949 as the then-Syracuse Nationals. Syracuse won that contest 94-88 over the Anderson Packers. The Nationals played on Christmas Day 13 times before the team became the Philadelphia 76ers ahead of the 1963-64 campaign.
Philly made its first appearance as the 76ers on Christmas during the 1967-1968 season. The defending champion Sixers defeated the Baltimore Bullets 108-105 in that game, the first of 19 contests the franchise has played under its current name on Dec. 25th.
After a brief absence from the Christmas Day slate, Philly returned in 2022. The 76ers got the best of the New York Knicks, spoiling the holiday for the home team with a 119-112 victory. Joel Embiid led the way with 35 points.
76ers All-Time Christmas Record and Results
The 76ers, including their time as the Syracuse Nationals, are 19-14 all-time (.575 winning percentage) on Christmas Day. Check out the franchise's full results on Dec. 25th below.
- 1949: Anderson Packers 88, Syracuse Nationals 94
- 1950: Fort Wayne Pistons 69, Syracuse Nationals 81
- 1951: Syracuse Nationals 70, Milwaukee Hawks 65
- 1952: Baltimore Bullets 92, Syracuse Nationals 102
- 1953: Syracuse Nationals 80, New York Knicks 89
- 1954: Syracuse Nationals 101, New York Knicks 109
- 1955: Rochester Royals 96, Syracuse Nationals 111
- 1956: Syracuse Nationals 93, Rochester Royals 98
- 1957: New York Knicks 130, Syracuse Nationals 134
- 1959: Syracuse Nationals 121, Philadelphia Warriors 129
- 1960: New York Knicks 100, Syracuse Nationals 162
- 1961: Boston Celtics 127, Syracuse Nationals 122
- 1962: Syracuse Nationals 123, New York Knicks 111
- 1967: Philadelphia 76ers 108, Baltimore Bullets 105
- 1968: Philadelphia 76ers 109, New York Knicks 110
- 1969: Philadelphia 76ers 113, Baltimore Bullets 121
- 1970: Detroit Pistons 100, Philadelphia 76ers 105
- 1971: Baltimore Bullets 117, Philadelphia 76ers 114
- 1974: Philadelphia 76ers 104, New York Knicks 97
- 1975: Philadelphia 76ers 103, New York Knicks 111
- 1976: Philadelphia 76ers 105, New York Knicks 104
- 1977: Philadelphia 76ers 110, New York Knicks 113
- 1978: Philadelphia 76ers 109, New York Knicks 94
- 1979: Philadelphia 76ers 95, Washington Bullets 92
- 1984: Philadelphia 76ers 109, Detroit Pistons 108
- 1986: Washington Bullets 102, Philadelphia 76ers 97
- 1987: Atlanta Hawks 106, Philadelphia 76ers 100
- 1988: Washington Bullets 110, Philadelphia 76ers 125
- 2001: Philadelphia 76ers 82, Los Angeles Lakers 88
- 2017: Philadelphia 76ers 105, New York Knicks 98
- 2018: Philadelphia 76ers 114, Boston Celtics 121
- 2019: Milwaukee Bucks 109, Philadelphia 76ers 121
- 2022: Philadelphia 76ers 119, New York Knicks 112
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