The Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz squared off on Christmas Day, with Utah pulling out the comfortable 117-96 win. Per an ESPN press release, it was the highest-rated late game since 2015:
ESPN’s 10:30 p.m. telecast of the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz game drew a 1.5 metered market rating, up 36 percent from last year’s Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves telecast. It is the highest-rated Christmas game in the late window since 2015, across networks.
Blazers star Damian Lillard recently reflected on what playing on Christmas meant to him as a player.