- The New York Knicks have played on most Christmas days since 1947
- Celebrities always make an appearance at the holiday competition, with most sitting courtside
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A-list stars celebrated Christmas on the court, with the likes of 50 Cent and Chris Rock bringing the holiday spirit to the NBA on Monday.
The Knicks gave New York fans the perfect Christmas present when they stunned the Milwaukee Bucks 129-22 at Madison Square Garden.
And the Christmas decorations weren’t the only stars gracing the infamous arena as celebrities turned out for the annual holiday game.
Queens native 50 Cent and comedians Tracy Morgan and Chris Rock soaked in the action while sitting courtside for the NBA game.
The rapper was joined by his 10-year-old son Sir Jackson as he dressed for the occasion in an oversized denim jacket with patches of white fur and represented another New York team with a Yankees baseball cap.
Meanwhile, Rock and Morgan, who are known Knicks fans and regular game-goers, sat alongside the latter wearing team colors on his T-shirt, which was covered in Knicks patches.
Morgan was joined by his daughter Maven, who at one point appeared tired of the on-court action, laying her head on her father’s lap and drawing laughs from the two comedians.
Singer John Legend and model wife Chrissy Teigen were also in attendance with their two oldest children Luna, 7, and Miles, 5.
The adorable family, who appear to have abandoned their two youngest, Esty, who they welcomed in January, and Wren, who was born in June, snuggled up in the yard with Miles sitting on his mother’s lap.
Luna and Miles also wore Santa hats, while Teigen stunned in a black dress with cutout detailing, a long blazer-style jacket and racy lace tights.
Rapper Fat Joe was also spotted at the game and posed for a photo with Rock, Morgan and 50 Cent.
The Knicks played another Eastern Conference rival, the Milwaukee Bucks, on Monday.
New York has hosted a game on Christmas Day most years since 1947.
The Knicks’ first Christmas game was against the Providence Steamrollers, who had folded in 1949 and were Rhode Island’s newest professional sports team.
Heading into Monday’s game against the Bucks, the Knicks are 23-31 all-time on Christmas Day.
The Charlotte Hornets are the only active NBA franchise to never play on Christmas Day since their inception in 1988.
The NBA’s Christmas schedule typically features the league’s biggest stars, as well as the two teams that reached the Finals the previous season.
And the celebrities who attended this year’s game were treated to a show as the Knicks defeated the Bucks 129-122.
They snapped Milwaukee’s seven-game winning streak and ended their long streak against the Bucks.
The Knicks had lost nine in a row, including a 130-111 loss Saturday in the opener of that two-game streak.
The Bucks had blown out New York twice while running their December schedule, but they hadn’t been able to solve Jaylen Brunson all season, and the point guard got plenty of help from his teammates this time around.
“They are a good team. We feel like we’re a good team, too, so we’re just taking on that challenge, taking on that challenge that we haven’t gotten yet,” guard Immanuel Quickley said. “It’s been a while so this was good to get.”
Julius Randle added 24 points and nine rebounds, RJ Barrett bounced back from a lackluster game Saturday with 21 points and Quickley came off the bench for 20.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard each scored 32 points for the Bucks, who fell to 9-2 this month. Khris Middleton added 24.
The Bucks scored 146 points against the Knicks in the quarterfinals of the intraseason tournament on Dec. 5 and didn’t cool down much on Saturday. But they looked short of energy on Monday midway through an extended Christmas stay in New York, with one more game remaining in town when they visit Brooklyn on Wednesday.
“We knew coming into everything we were lined up for, and it is what it is,” Lillard said. “We got the first one, we went in for that one, they started well, played a great game and we just got outplayed.”
Milwaukee entered December averaging 132.4 points, but couldn’t even top 40 until less than four minutes remained in the first half. The Bucks trailed by 16 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the game before a late flurry that made the score closer than it felt in the game.
“I thought they outplayed us today for the most part,” Bucks coach Adrian Griffin said. “I thought we were on offense, we looked good, but we just couldn’t knock them down. And when you’re on the road, you’ve got a clean look, you gotta knock ’em down.
Brunson went 15 for 28 from the field, following 45- and 36-point games against the Bucks this season. Isaiah Hartenstein had 11 points and eight rebounds, and Josh Hart came off the bench for 10 points and nine rebounds.
Antetokounmpo had 13 rebounds and six assists, but the Bucks fell to 3-3 in their sixth straight Christmas outing.