There was perhaps no appetizer as delicious for basketball fans after feasting on their Christmas Day dinners as that of watching statistical juggernauts James Harden and Russell Westbrook duke it out on the court.
According to Ben Cafardo of ESPN, Monday’s colossal showdown between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder owns the highest rating for a prime-time Christmas Day game in 14 years.
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s 112-107 victory over the Houston Rockets on ABC drew a 4.1 metered market rating, making it the highest-rated prime-time NBA Christmas broadcast since 2003.
Prior to that game, the highest-rated prime-time Christmas Day match was that of the tussle of the Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2003 – back when the draw was the heavyweight matchup of Yao Ming and Shaquille O’Neal.
People who tuned in to watch Monday’s game surely weren’t disappointed with what they saw, as the Rockets and the Thunder engaged in four quarters of full-throttle action. Westbrook led his team with 31 points, 11 assists, and six rebounds. Harden, on the other hand, paced the Rockets with 29 points to go with 14 assists, and eight rebounds in a losing effort.
The highest TV draw of the day, however, was that of the afternoon matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, as the Finals rematch netted a 5.5 metered market rating.