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What was unique in NBA on May 21st and 22nd?

23 May

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 Game 3 of Western Conference Finals http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/201105210OKC.html
there was another historic performance by Dirk Nowitzki:
He had FG%<33% on 20 FGA with only 1 assist but with 7 turnovers.
It happened only TWO times during last 25 regular seasons!
Welcome back on Earth ;-)
He crashed down really hard after his awesome performance on May 17th.

Russell Westbrook had 30 points and 4 assists but with 7 TOs in 42 minutes AS A POINT GUARD.
Another argument for those who can’t stand his role. It happened only to 7 point guards during last 25 RS although one could argue about position of Iverson, Monta or Arenas at that time.

BTW, when was the last game when two players finished with 7 or more turnovers in the playoffs?
During 2009 Finals between Lakers [Kobe] and Magic [Dwight] – link to box score

Thunder couldn’t hit from the field [FG%<37%, 3P%<6%] but they made 88% of their free throws.
WCF G3 in searching results. It happened 10 times during last 25 RS. WCF G3 in searching results.
Only one of those performances ended with a win…
Well, when you can only hit with no defense… that’s probably a very good endorsement for this defense ;-)

In Sunday’s game http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/201105220MIA.html
Joel Anthony had more blocks [5] than rebs [4] or pts [3] even though he played 29 minutes.
How unique is he? It happened 16 times during last 25 RS. Historical background on BRef.
I wonder, when Pat Riley will feel vindicated about his contract?

LeBron James had 2 steals, 2 blocks and 10 assists with 0 turnovers.
NBA versatility at its best. It happened 13 times during last 25 RS. Historical background on BRef.
Yes, you really can contribute without scoring… ;-)

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