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Old School Box Score

Dec 2 2011 7:10PM

In 1969, the Lakers boasted a plethora of basketball talent on their roster, featuring future Hall of Famers Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain in his second year with the team. Unfortunately, injuries to both Chamberlain (12 regular season games) and Baylor (55) kept L.A. from achieving what it might have.

While listening to some stories of the team from current Lakers Director of Scouting/Basketball Consultant Bill Bertka, we found an official box score from early in that season (Nov. 14), when the Lakers defeated Phoenix 127-112. Bertka later had the document autographed by Mr. Clutch, right on top of Phoenix's stats.

As you can see, a 1969 box score included minutes (MIN), field goals made (FGM), field goals attempted (FGA), free throws made (FTM), free throws attempted (FTA), rebounds (REB), assists (AST), personal fouls (PF) and points (PTS). A 2011 box score has all of those categories, but also includes three pointers made (3P), three pointers attempted (3PA), offensive rebounds (OR), defensive rebounds (DR) and total rebounds (TOT), turnovers (TO), steals (ST) and blocked shots. (BS). Additionally, a modern box score will include technical fouls, points in the paint, second chance points, fastbreak points, biggest lead, lead changes and times tied.

Of note in the Lakers - Suns box is the crazy statistical line from Suns F/C Jim Fox, who took advantage of Chamberlain's absense to erupt for career highs in points (39) and rebounds (23), but it wasn't enough to counter a well-balanced effort from Baylor (31 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists) West (29, 7 and 5) and Wilt's backup, Mel Counts (20, 7 and 4). Finally, we notice that L.A. attemped 19 more shots than Phoenix, and might assume that was due to the Suns commiting several more turnovers, but that stat isn't included.