View Full Version : Box Score For Every Game in NBA History

01-26-2012, 02:14 PM
available at basketball-reference for those of you who are basketball history buffs.

Today I am pleased to announce that Basketball-Reference.com now has a box score for every game played in NBA history. Here are a few examples:

Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game (http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/196203020NYK.html)
Havlicek stole the ball! (http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/196504150BOS.html)
Highest scoring game in NBA history (http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/198312130DEN.html)

Now before you get too excited, let me explain: the box scores from 1946-47 through 1984-85 are scans of actual box scores. What that means is that we don't have those games in our database, so you can't search for things like the most points scored by a player during the the 1971-72 NBA season. I should also note that almost all of these box scores are abbreviated, i.e., they only contain field goals, free throws, and points for the players. That said, I think this is a valuable addition to the site that will be enjoyed by many.

I would be remiss in not thanking Dick Pfander, who did the lion's share of the work for this project. Several years ago we were referred to Dick by a third party. At first it sounded like an urban legend. I mean seriously, someone had made a scan of every box score for every game in NBA history? To our surprise, Dick had in fact done just that. Many thanks to Dick for his outstanding work.

Of course, it is our goal to one day have these games in a database-friendly format. However, given that the process would require a significant amount of data entry we're still thinking about the best way to accomplish that task. Until then, we hope you enjoy this new feature, and as always please let us know if you have any comments or questions.

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01-26-2012, 02:17 PM

01-26-2012, 02:22 PM
Russell vs. Wilt in 1966 in the playoffs: http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/196604030PHI.html

Tallied up Wilt's numbers for that series (at least the point totals, thats all thats available) and he ended up averaging 28 ppg in that series while averaging 33.5 ppg during the regular season. So Russell held Wilt down 5.5 points below his normal production.

Year before, they also played. Wilt averaged 30.1 ppg for the season. In the series against Russell that year, Wilt averaged exactly 30.1 ppg. So no drop off in production.

PS- This is just a random year I picked where Wilt and Russell met in the playoffs. I'm not trying to insinuate anything.

John Walls Era
01-26-2012, 02:34 PM
not bad.

01-26-2012, 02:46 PM
If anyone else finds any interesting box scores from way back when, feel free to post them here.

01-26-2012, 03:44 PM
This one is useless


01-26-2012, 03:46 PM

Sam Jones scored 37 pts in the pivotal game 7 in 1965 as the C's beat Philly.

01-26-2012, 04:23 PM
This one is useless


It looks like they scanned that one in wrong.

01-26-2012, 04:29 PM

Closing game between the Bucks-76ers where there were no 3 point shots (this is a couple of years after it had been introduced). Moncrief finished with 13 points while Moses had 28 points and Dr. J had 24 points. Toney had 30 points.

01-26-2012, 04:33 PM
sweet. now we can include stats of playoff performances and matchups in our "best of all time" debates around here. maybe add some legitamacy to many opinions