Box score

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A baseball box score from 1876.

A box score is a structured summary of the results from a sport competition. The box score lists the game score as well as individual and team achievements in the game.

Among the sports in which box scores are common are baseball, basketball, football and hockey.


The box score data is derived from a statistics sheet, and is then summarized into a contingency table, also known as a cross tabulation or cross tab or as a basic set of averages. This is used to help determine the relationship between elements, and in sports, certain percentages often help define the success of a team. This information is then correlated to a player, or a team where it is read to obtain a general idea of how the game was played or how the player performed during the game, a season, or their career.[1]


See Box score (baseball)
In the sport of basketball, the box score is used to summarize/average the data of Games played (GP), Games started (GS), Minutes Played (MIN or MPG), Field-goals made (FGM), Field-goals attempted (FGA), Field goal percentage (FG%), 3-pointers made (3PM), 3-pointers attempted (3PA), 3-point field goal (3P%), Free throws made (FTM), Free throws attempted (FTA), Free throw percentage (FT%), Offensive Rebounds (OREB), Defensive Rebounds (DREB), Total rebounds (REB), Assists (AST), Turnovers (TOV), Steals (STL), Blocked shots (BLK), Personal fouls (PF), Points scored (PTS), and Plus/Minus for Player efficiency (+/-).[2]


  1. ^ 1Courel, Javier; Suárez, Ernesto; Ortega, Enrique; Piñar, Maribel; Cárdenas, David. “Is the inside pass a performance indicator? Observational analysis of elite basketball teams.” Revista de Psicología del Deporte, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Jan. 2013, Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  2. ^ Stat Glossary.” NBA Stats, Retrieved 16 February 2018.