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NBA Box Scores Back to 1964-65

Posted by Justin Kubatko on March 27, 2013

About 14 months ago we announced that we had posted copies of every box score in NBA history. However, since these box scores were scans we could not create player game logs, compute player splits, etc. As we said in that post, it is our goal to one day have all of these games in a database-friendly format.

On that note, I'm happy to announce that the work for the 1964-65 to 1975-76 NBA seasons has been completed. Please take some time to check out the box scores, player and team game logs, and player and team splits for those seasons. Keep in mind that almost all of the scanned box scores are abbreviated (i.e., they only contain field goals, free throws, and points for the players), so there will be many missing values for each game.

10 Responses to “NBA Box Scores Back to 1964-65”

  1. Darin Says:

    Great long before the game data will be available for game finder database searching farther back than the current 85-86 season? Can this be updated for just the fields you have (i.e. points, FG) or do you have to wait til all fields are available before it goes into the game finder?

  2. Jason J Says:

    Nice work, Justin!

  3. Greg Says:

    Are you planning on extending these box scores back to 1947?

    Tell me if you are capable of implementing this suggestion: In the gamelogs page for players, you have their teams record in the games they played. Is it possible to add their teams margin of victory also in that page?

  4. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Darin: I'm working on it, so hopefully later this week.

    @Jason J: Thanks!

    @Greg: Yes, the plan is to go back to 1946-47. I can add MOV to the player game logs.

  5. Maurice Maharaj Says:

    Awesome site. It is appreciated.

  6. Greg Says:

    Thanks Justin. Is there any timetable on how long it could take to put MOV on player game log pages?

    I don't know if this is possible, but I'm envisioning something like putting the players games missed on the bottom of the game log page or having a section of the game log page where there is teams stats in the games he missed vs he played, maybe even putting the SRS in the games he played vs. the games he missed if that's possible.

  7. vadyha Says:

    Hello! Is there any hope in the near future to see the statistics or even scores WNBA and D-league? statistics of players there, but at least being billed as the team played - no. And more. The site is an opportunity to see how the teams have played in history. If you have it appear, it would be easier to look for the results of each match any couple.

    Thank you for your work!

  8. Greg Says:

    Wow it looks you did add MOV to the players game logs, thats awesome, Justin. Keep up the good work. When I said MOV to the game log page, I meant the teams total MOV in the game log page. Example: the game log page has the players record at the top, then next to it could the teams points scored (either total or per game or both), points against, and point differential.

  9. PP Says:

    Love those old shooting percentages on the box scores link: Lakers .375, Celts .352, Baylor 6-22, Havlicek 6-21.

  10. Gabe Says:

    in the game you linked to, the original scan had rebounds, but the processed box score does not. Is there a particular reason for this? Just curious.