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Boxed Out: A weekly look at statistical oddities around the NBA

This just in: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are really, really good.  They lead the non-Powe portion of this week's Boxed Out.

Richard Hamilton, Monday versus Orlando: 10-for-25 from the field, 9-for-11 foul shooting, 29 points, 14 assists

The best defense on him this year has been played by Michael Curry.

Ben Gordon, Monday at Miami: 14-for-23 from the field, 8-for-11 on threes, 43 points

Great effort in a losing cause.  Too bad he plays for a coach who doesn't actually have his team run offensive sets late in games.

Derrick Rose, Monday at Miami: 9-for-25 from the field, 23 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 turnovers

Odd line for a point guard.

Dwyane Wade, Monday versus Chicago: 15-for-21 from the field, 13-for-18 foul shooting, 48 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 blocks

Too bad the boxscore doesn't have a spot for "game-winning, buzzer-beating three-pointers shot off one foot in transition."  Wow.

Kevin Love, Monday versus Washington: 7-for-14 from the field, 16 points, 11 rebounds (5 offensive)

No longer an oddity, this is just his weekly check-in.

Rudy Fernandez, Monday versus LA Lakers: 13 minutes, 4-for-4 from the field, 2-for-2 on threes, 1-for-1 foul shooting, 11 points

Too bad his night was cut short by Trevor Ariza's reckless swing.

Deron Williams, Tuesday at Indiana: 1-for-9 from the field, 5 points, 5 rebounds, 12 assists, 2 turnovers, 5 steals, plus-14

Who needs scoring?

Troy Murphy, Tuesday versus Utah: 7-for-12 from the field, 7-for-9 on threes, 23 points, 13 rebounds

Not a two-point specialist, that Troy.

Larry Hughes, Tuesday at Milwaukee: 13-for-20 from the field, 5-for-8 on threes, 8-for-9 foul shooting, 39 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals

Lots of Clevelanders are shaking their heads in disbelief.

David Lee, Tuesday at Milwaukee: 7-for-10 from the field, 19 points, 18 rebounds

The double-double machine rolls on.

Francisco Garcia, Tuesday versus Oklahoma City: 6-for-7 from the field, 4-for-5 on threes, 2-for-2 foul shooting, 18 points

Cracking 110 percent true shooting never hurts.  Also in this game, Spencer Hawes put up a 20-10-5 (with six turnovers).

Marcin Gortat, Wednesday versus Chicago: 24 minutes, 6-for-8 from the field, 13 points, 15 rebounds, minus-8

The beauty of winning by 28 is that Dwight Howard doesn't even need to play half the game.  Fellow reserve big man Tony Battie went for 18 points and eight boards in this game as well.

Chris Paul, Wednesday at Washington: 11-for-16 from the field, 8-for-9 foul shooting, 30 points, 13 assists, 4 steals

Not the most valuable player, but quite valuable.

Antonio McDyess, Wednesday versus New York: 21 points, 22 rebounds (10 offensive)

The Knicks had 11 offensive rebounds as a team.  Detroit out-rebounded them in total by a count of 64-38.  And lost the game.

Kobe Bryant, Wednesday at Houston: 14-for-23 from the field, 7-for-10 foul shooting, 37 points, 6 assists

Not exactly a banner night for the No Stats All-Star.

Renaldo Balkman, Wednesday versus Oklahoma City: 14 points, 14 rebounds (8 offensive), plus-18

There is something to be said for unadulterated aggressiveness.

LeBron James, Thursday at Phoenix: 34 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks

His third consecutive triple-double.

Thaddeus Young, Friday versus Chicago: 14-for-21 from the field, 31 points

That finished a two-game stretch in which Young went for 60 points on 65.9 percent shooting from the field.  Yowzer.

Joe Johnson, Friday versus Indiana: 12-for-23 from the field, 30 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists

His third 30-point performance of the week.  I really like JJ's game.

Nicolas Batum, Friday versus New Jersey: 7-for-8 from the field, 20 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, plus-21

In the words of my buddy Acks, Batum goes baboom!

Monta Ellis, Friday versus Dallas: 14-for-25 from the field, 29 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 turnovers

Hey, Monta's alive!

Leon Powe, Friday versus Memphis: 10-for-14 from the field, 10-for-14 foul shooting, 30 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocks, 0 turnovers

Love him.

Anderson Varejao, Friday at Sacramento: 8-for-8 from the field, 2-for-5 foul shooting, 18 points, 12 rebounds

Going to the foul line destroyed his true shooting.  All the way down to 85.7 percent it went.

LeBron James, Friday at Sacramento: 16-for-30 from the field, 4-for-11 on threes, 15-for-17 foul shooting, 51 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks

Triple-double streak ends.  Bum.

Dwyane Wade, Saturday versus Utah: 19-for-39 from the field, 4-for-11 on threes, 8-for-9 foul shooting, 50 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks

Among the many reasons to be excited for the last month of the regular season, this MVP race is getting to be insane.

Gerald Wallace, Saturday at Minnesota: 8-for-11 from the field, 10-for-12 foul shooting, 26 points, 10 rebounds

Say what you will about Crash's injury history, but this guy goes full speed ahead all the time.

Renaldo Balkman, Saturday versus LA Clippers: 10-for-14 from the field, 22 points, 11 rebounds (5 offensive), plus-25

Career week for him.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Sunday versus Indiana: 22 minutes, 5-for-10 from the field, 11-for-13 foul shooting, 21 points, 8 rebounds

Maybe the Raps never would have tried the Jermaine O'Neal experiment if they knew what this guy could do.  Also in this game, Andrea Bargnani scored 27 points on 9-for-11 shooting.

Pau Gasol, Sunday versus Dallas: 12-for-13 from the field, 25 points


Kendrick Perkins, Sunday at Milwaukee: 9-for-16 from the field, 26 points, 12 rebounds (9 offensive)

He's a beast!

That does it for us for the week in box scores.  As always, feel free to shout at us with anything we missed.  The Daily Babble will come your way in 12 hours.

Catch ya on the flip side of the meridian.