Ranking the 5 best Milwaukee Bucks player performances on Christmas Day

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This Christmas Day, the Milwaukee Bucks will take on the New York Knicks with the game set to tip off at 11am CST in Madison Square Garden. Both teams have a history of playing on Christmas Day, with this being the Bucks' 10th time playing on the day. Their first appearance was in 1969 with the Bucks losing 119-113 against the Detroit Pistons.

Milwaukee currently sit on a record of 21-7 and sit second in the Eastern Conference following a win over the New York Knicks, who they will be seeing again soon.

The Christmas Day games always have special moments and performances. Here we take a look at five of the best Milwaukee Bucks player performances on Christmas Day.

5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar vs. Kansas City-Omaha Kings, 1972

The first performance on this list comes from an all-time great and the former NBA leading scorer in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Milwaukee were 26-9 heading into the game and took on the 20-19 Kansas City-Omaha Kings that had legends such as Tiny Archibald and Sam Lacey on their roster.

The Bucks team also had Oscar Robertson, Bob Dandridge and Jon McGlocklin as part of their roster and Kareem did what he does best by dominating on the court. He finished the game with 32 points and 13 rebounds per Basketball-Reference. The center played 45 minutes and made 14 of his 20 shots along with hitting all four of his free throws.

Milwaukee finished the season with a record of 60-22, seeing them top the Midwestern Division before losing in the Western Conference Semifinals to the Golden State Warriors. At just 25 years old, Abdul-Jabbar finished the season averaging 30.2 points, 16 rebounds and five assists.

One of the league's greatest ever centers appeared in just two Christmas games for the Bucks and in this one he put on a show. The other one might come later.