Justin, Jrue and Aaron Holiday appear in same game, make NBA history

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With NBA history set to be made that night, the Holiday bunch went to brunch Saturday morning.

Later that night, Justin, Jrue and Aaron Holiday became the first trio of brothers to play in the same game. But before the group dug into their food in the morning, Jrue led the family in prayer.

As he finished, he said, “Go Pelicans.”

The sibling rivalry played out on the court Saturday, as Jrue’s New Orleans Pelicans defeated Justin and Aaron’s Indiana Pacers 120-98.nike nfl jerseys for cheap

According to research by the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time three brothers played in the same NBA game. It became official when Justin checked in at the 5:13 mark of the first quarter. Jrue and Aaron each started the game.

Prior to the game, the three shared a moment on the court together with Jrue’s and Justin’s daughters, and following the game, the three brothers shared a jersey swap.2

“It was cool. I beat them and I got their jerseys, so I’ll hang those up,” Jrue said. “It was fun. My whole family is here — family and friends — so just to be able to share that moment on the court, even from a family standpoint where I’m going back and, I’m not going to brag, but we know what happened. But it’s a good feeling for me.”

Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas Antetokounmpo had a chance to become the first trio of brothers to appear in an NBA game on Dec. 19, when all three were active for the Bucks’ game against the Lakers, but only Giannis saw time on the court.

The Holiday brothers didn’t have anything riding on the game, but Jrue joked afterward that he’ll take a steak dinner to go along with the bragging rights.

“It’s a blessing,” Shawn Holiday said before the game. “There’s no other way to put it. You couldn’t write the script any better than this. Them growing up, you couldn’t envision this. For it to come true at this stage and this level, it’s pretty amazing.”

Jrue, 29, entered the NBA in 2009 when he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. Justin, 30, made his NBA debut with the 76ers in April 2013 and played briefly with Jrue that season.

The youngest Holiday brother, Aaron, 23, didn’t make his debut until 2018, when he was the 23rd overall pick by the Pacers.