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Houston Rockets: Christmas Day game drew record ratings

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets Photo by Layne Murdoch Sr./NBAE via Getty Images
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets Photo by Layne Murdoch Sr./NBAE via Getty Images
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Last night’s game against the OKC Thunder was one of the highest rated Christmas Day games ever.

The Houston Rockets had a great showdown with the Oklahoma City Thunder last night. While the Rockets were not victorious, there was one main positive to take away from it.

The game last night, per Jonathan Feigen, drew the highest ratings of a primetime Christmas Day game since 2003, 14 years ago.

Last night’s matchup was one of the more entertaining games in a slate of Christmas Day contests that were mostly all competitive. Each game was close going into the fourth quarter and all finished within 10 points besides the Timberwolves and Lakers.

What was the other game in 2003 that drew the same metered market rating, a 4.1?

A look back to 2003

The Rockets were actually involved in the game in 2003, too! They battled the Los Angeles Lakers and upset them 99-87. The Lakers would eventually wind up losing in the Finals to the Pistons. The Lakers would also end up having their revenge, unfortunately, and defeating the Rockets in the first round of the playoffs.

Rockets-Thunder draw highest ratings for a primetime Christmas game since 2003.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 26, 2017

However, for this Christmas Day record-breaker, the Rockets were able to be victorious. They were led by Steve Francis who had 22 points and 9 rebounds with 7 assists. Second-year player Yao Ming also contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds against Shaquille O’Neal. Maurice Taylor also added 14 points and 8 rebounds off the bench.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: The Rockets point guard and centers almost had identical shooting percentages in the two games. Both Francis and James Harden shot 8-17 in these Christmas Day games. Yao Ming and Clint Capela were very close as well. Yao shot 8-14 and Clint shot 9-14. Crazy, right?

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*All stats and information via Basketball-Reference and ESPN*

Next: Rockets vs. Thunder recap

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