What is your favorite Lakers Christmas memory?

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Image: Andrew D. Bernstein | Getty Images

Garrett Garcia // @GarrettGarcia: My favorite memory was back in 2008 when the Lakers ended Boston’s 19-game win streak. The Lakers’ biggest rival, what a game.

Oren Levy // @LakersOren: This: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQM9Kw1gtoU

After being out-hustled and out-muscled in the previous finals, the Lakers punched the bully in the mouth on Christmas Day. Moments like this one were manifestations of the extra gear the Lakers needed to win a title, and this game was a big step towards the Lakers’ first of back to back championships.

Johnny Navarrette // @JohnnyNav: 2008 versus the Celtics.  If was the Lakers first meeting since the loss in the NBA Finals the previous season.  Lakers were motivated and came out with the victory which ended the Celtics 19-game winning streak while also giving Phil Jackson his 1,000th win. Staples Center was in NBA Finals mode as well which made it even more exciting.

Jory Dreher // @Jay_Laker: Defeating the Celtics on X-Mas in 2008 after they beat us in the NBA Finals a few months prior.

Belal Abdelfattah // @ItsBelal_A: While I don’t have many memories of Laker wins on Christmas, their victory over the Celtics on Christmas Day 2008 stands out the most. It was the first game between the teams since the Celtics beat the Lakers in the Finals the previous June, and Boston came in on a 19-game winning streak. There were so many questions about that Laker team, and winning that day silenced the critics and gave the Lakers the confidence they needed en route to winning the first of two straight titles.

Anna Gonda // @AnnaLBGChristmas Day 2008 – Lakers vs. Celtics – After losing to the Celtics just six months prior, every Laker fan (and possibly every Laker) circled this game on the schedule. A play involving Trevor Ariza saving a ball from going out of bounds by tossing it to a running Sasha Vujacic for a layup comes to mind. 

Ashkan Kargaran // @aakargaran: The Lakers almost never play well on Christmas, but in 2008 they made a statement against the Boston Celtics team that punked them a few months earlier in the 2008 NBA Finals. The main difference was Andrew Bynum being too big and physical for anyone on that Celtics front line.

Robert Benitez // @beeb0: Anytime they win. Lakers seem to lose on Christmas day more often than they win, so anytime we get to celebrate a W on Christmas is a welcomed present to me.

Melvin Taylor // @MelvinTaylorII: Ahh 2008 Christmas day. Why does it seem so long ago?

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