Since I started analysing box scores regularly for FB in 2004 I was surprised how often unique stat-lines occurred and it’s a series designed to celebrate that fact. The rules are simple: it has to be something that never happened in the last 20 playoffs [over 1500 games] and less than 25 times during last 25 regular season games [there were over 55000]. Incidentally it’s a tribute to Basketball-Reference.com for great tools.
In this game http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/201105090MEM.html
Kevin Durant had 13 rebounds, 4 steals and made over 88% of his 18 Free Throw Attempts.
http://bkref.com/tiny/PYPPv. It happened only TWO times during last 25 RS – http://bkref.com/tiny/rhR5t.
James Harden had 7 assists, 3 blocks and made all of his 10 Free Throw Attempts as a reserve.
http://bkref.com/tiny/qbRHq. It hasn’t happend during last 25 RS! http://bkref.com/tiny/M7T8i.
Even if we include starters it happened only 9 times during last 25 RS – http://bkref.com/tiny/9giw7 and it’s a pretty good company…
Interestingly Harden’s playing time [49 minutes as a reserve] wasn’t at the top of the list: Dan Majerle played 50 almost exactly 19 years ago in this game http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199205110PHO.html
Surprisingly Russell Westbrook’s explosion with 40 points, 3 steals, 2 blocks and FT% over 90% was not so unique as you may think: it happened one other time in the playoffs [Ray Allen in 2005] since 1991 – http://bkref.com/tiny/1jm8S and 37 times during last 25 RS – http://bkref.com/tiny/HzLNS.
What’s more, Marc Gasol’s explosion with 26 points, 21 rebs, 2 steals and 1 block was not so unique as you may think either: it happened 10 times in the playoffs since 1991 – http://bkref.com/tiny/TRtoM.
In other game http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/201105090BOS.html
LeBron James had 35 points, 14 rebounds, 3 steals and made all his free throws..
http://bkref.com/tiny/NXUkm. It happened 11 times during last 25 RS – http://bkref.com/tiny/gLKGZ.
Not included in aforementioned statS: ONE REVENGE ;-)
Kevin Garnett had 3 steals and 2 blocks but he missed 9 of his 10 shots..
http://bkref.com/tiny/B7JcY. It happened 8 times during last 25 RS – http://bkref.com/tiny/yKq2w.
And only two of those games were wins…