Winners and Losers from All 5 NBA Christmas Games

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Winners and Losers from All 5 NBA Christmas Games
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The NBA's five-game Christmas slate put fans in a cheery mood all day, so it might feel like a little bit of a holiday buzzkill to parse through every game to pick out "losers." But hey, even Santa Claus makes a "naughty and nice" list, so there's a precedent here. Besides, we'll name a few winners, too.

Sure, the final scores matter in the most technical sense, but we're more concerned with the deeper storylines these Christmas games represented.

For example, Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets gave their fans a stocking full of coal to kick the morning off, leaving serious doubts about the team's leadership and makeup. And speaking of leaders, the L.A. Clippers bench assumed an unlikely role as its team's catalyst to cap off the day's games with a win over the Denver Nuggets.

Those were just the bookends to a day jam-packed with NBA action, though. In between, we had plenty of other surprises and disappointments.

As you undoubtedly thought when you dove into your third piece of pie: Some is good, but more is better. So even after spending somewhere around 15 hours watching five games of hoops, we know you're still hungry for a recap of the winners and losers from all of the Christmas games.

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