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What was unique in NBA on May 24th and 25th?

26 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 5 of Western Conference Finals http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/201105250DAL.html
There was another classic game by Jason Kidd: 10 assists, 7 rebounds but only 2 points.
It happened 24 times during last 25 RS and three of those were by Jason Kidd himself.
I have admired his uniqueness for years but I wonder, will it hurt him in Hall of Fame voting?

In Tuesday’s game (link to the box score on basketball-reference.com) Miami won the game in an unusual way:
Heat had more Turnovers [15] than assists [12] and collected double-digit steals and blocks.
It happened only 3 times during last 25 RS! What’s more… THREE Heat’s players had 3 or more blocks.
The last team which accomplished that feat was Lakers vs Jazz on May 5th 2010: link to the box score.
You have to admit that those two aforementioned stats really well describe this team: no point guard and a lot of athleticism on other positions…

Derrick Rose shot worse than 31% on 26 field goal attempts with 7 turnovers.
That was opposite to MVP like game. It happened only 5 times during last 25 RS… and two of those performances were by Allen Iverson… So I think it’s safe to say criticism for his style of play is somewhat justified. At least he acknowledge that fact: http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/213854/Rose_Accepts_Blame_For_Game_4_Loss but will he do anything about it?

LeBron James had mixed shooting day with FG%<43% on 26 FGA but he made all 13 free throws.
Was he feeling it or not?. It happened 13 times during last 25 RS
How ironic is that he cruised to NBA finals through team with the MVP winner?

Surprisingly Mario Chalmers’ performance with 4 steals in 21 minutes
was not so unique as you may think: it happened 18 times in the playoffs since 1991.

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