Suns, Nuggets look for 1st Christmas Day wins in over a decade

Dec 25, 2022, 3:30 PM

The Phoenix Suns have fared well on Christmas Day historically. Phoenix is 12-7 on Christmas, the league’s fifth-best record.

The Suns did not play on Christmas Day from 2010-20, but Phoenix gets its second straight in a road battle against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

Phoenix fell last season to the Golden State Warriors, 116-107, on Christmas Day in game that was a battle for the No. 1 seed in the West.

The Nuggets (20-11) currently hold the No. 1 seed in a tie with the Memphis Grizzlies. The Suns (19-14) sit two games back.

Suns star Devin Booker’s health is still up in the air as he has missed three games with a groin injury, missing the last six days. The team is coming off a 125-100 drubbing from the Grizzlies that Booker did not play in.

This is the Suns’ first matchup of the season against MVP-contender Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets after beating them 140-130 in Denver during the teams’ most recent matchup last season. Booker scored 49 points in that matchup.

Jokic is playing like someone certainly worthy of much consideration to win the award yet again, averaging 24.9 points per game with 10.9 rebounds and 9.3 assists.

Jamal Murray is averaging 17.8 points and 5.7 assists over the last 10 games for Denver. He is probable to play.

Denver is seeking its first Christmas win since 1994 against the Seattle SuperSonics and is 1-6 on the holiday overall, the league’s second-worst record entering this year ahead of only Toronto (0-2).

This will be the teams’ first time meeting on Christmas.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Phoenix Suns

Suns president of basketball ops and GM James Jones...

Kellan Olson

New Suns assistant GM will be ‘tremendous asset’ through limitations

The Phoenix Suns will not be going through a regular offseason this summer and innovative thinking is critical.

13 hours ago

Devin Booker...

Dan Bickley

It’s on Devin Booker to shift Suns’ course, compete with NBA’s next generation

Devin Booker needs to change course and focus. He needs to play at an MVP level to help the Suns compete with the NBA's next generation.

18 hours ago

Suns G League...

Kellan Olson

Phoenix Suns making G League announcement at Tempe’s Mullett Arena

The Phoenix Suns will be making an announcement regarding their new G League franchise on Wednesday morning at Mullett Arena in Tempe.

20 hours ago

Timberwolves Nuggets Basketball...

Associated Press

Timberwolves advance after defeating defending NBA champion Nuggets in Game 7

The Timberwolves overcame a 15-point halftime deficit — the largest comeback in a Game 7 in NBA playoff history — in Sunday's win.

3 days ago

T.J. McConnell...

Associated Press

Pacers punch ticket to Eastern Conference finals with Game 7 win over injured Knicks

The Pacers rode one of the most sensational first halves in Game 7 history to a win over the Knicks, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.

3 days ago

Head coach Frank Vogel of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the second half of game three of the Weste...

David Veenstra

Suns GM James Jones on why Frank Vogel was fired: ‘We needed to improve in a lot of areas’

James Jones explained why the Suns fired Frank Vogel and why they waited so long to hire new head coach Mike Budenholzer.

5 days ago

Suns, Nuggets look for 1st Christmas Day wins in over a decade