Best performances by a rookie player on NBA Christmas Day

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

James recorded 34 points, six assists, two steals and one blocked shot for the third highest-scoring effort by a rookie on Christmas Day in history

Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks

Ewing recorded 32 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block as the Knicks erased a 25-point deficit to win in double overtime. The performance by Ewing still ranks as the fifth-most points scored on Christmas Day by a rookie player

Bill Cartwright, New York Knicks

Bill put up 33 points, eight rebounds and three assists to lead the Knicks to a win over the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden

Adrian Dantley, Buffalo Braves

Dantley produced 30 points on Christmas Day in 1976 in a 115-106 win over the Detroit Pistons

Walt Bellamy, Chicago Packers

Walt Bellamy had 35 points and 18 rebounds to lift the Chicago Packers past the Detroit Pistons as a rookie in 1961 on Christmas Day

Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors

Wilt added 45 points and 36 rebounds with 2 assists in that contest in a win over the Syracuse Nationals in 1959

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