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Monday, November 29, 2010
Sefolosha continues month of perfection

By ESPN Stats & Info

The 2010 baseball season was highlighted by a pair of perfect games.

In this NBA season, perfect efforts are coming in bunches, if we're reasonably loose in our definition of the term.

Thabo Sefolosha
Sefolosha
Thabo Sefolosha was 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free throw line, good for 13 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder came back to beat the Hornets on Monday night.

That caps a 10-day span in which we've seen some impressive perfection performances. On November 19, Los Angeles Lakers reserve Matt Barnes was 7-for-7 from the field, 5-for-5 from 3-point range and 5-for-5 at the foul line in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The next day, DeShawn Stevenson of the Dallas Mavericks was 4-for-4 from the field, including 3-for-3 from three, and two-of two at the foul line in a victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Then, on the 21st, Lakers forward Pau Gasol went 10-for-10 from the field and 8-for-8 at the line in a win over the Golden State Warriors.

A check of the Basketball-Reference.com Play Index indicates that Sefolosha was the 11th player this season to make at least four field goals in a game AND be perfect from the free throw line. But he, Barnes, and Stevenson are the only three in the NBA whose perfection effort included multiple 3-point field goals.

Over the last couple of seasons, this sort of thing is a five-to-six times a year occurence, but in the small sample size that is the early part of this schedule, we're on pace for significantly more than that.

Also of note from a perfection perspective in this game was the performance of Thunder center Serge Ibaka, who was coming off a perfect 7-for-7 in a loss to the Rockets on Sunday. Ibaka was perfect from the field, but imperfect otherwise in a one-point loss. When he was on the floor, the Thunder were outscored by five points.

Monday, Ibaka learned that imperfection was acceptable On a night where Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant starred, Ibaka was 0-for-5 from the field in 30 minutes off the bench, BUT when he was on the court, the Thunder outscored the Hornets by 15 points. No Thunder player had a better plus-minus than that.