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Random Stat: Player Leaders by Quarter

Q: Do you have stats for 4th quarter scoring average? -- vjiuvoc and others

A: Ha! Do we have stats by quarter? We have databases with NBA numbers to the finest detail, with incredible insights into the hidden aspects of pro basketball and all you want is a simple "per quarter" average points?

Well, fair enough...

1st Quarter Scoring
Player
Team
Pts/g
FG%
 Iverson PHI 9.9  .471 
 Bryant LAL 8.8  .480 
 James CLE 8.3  .466 
 Anthony DEN 7.9  .485 
 Brand LAC 7.6  .537 
 Pierce BOS 7.4  .483 
 Arenas WAS 7.4  .487 
 Wade MIA 7.2  .519 
 Richardson GSW 7.0  .463 
 Lewis SEA 7.0  .540 


2nd Quarter Scoring
Player
Team
Pts/g
FG%
 Bryant LAL 7.5  .432 
 Allen SEA 7.5  .470 
 Iverson PHI 7.3  .468 
 James CLE 6.9  .475 
 Arenas WAS 6.4  .470 
 Nowitzki DAL 6.2  .474 
 Wade MIA 6.1  .466 
 McGrady HOU 6.0  .401 
 Anthony DEN 5.9  .524 
 Brand LAC 5.7  .556 
3rd Quarter Scoring
Player
Team
Pts/g
FG%
 Bryant LAL 9.6  .471 
 James CLE 8.4  .485 
 Iverson PHI 8.4  .416 
 Arenas WAS 7.9  .439 
 Pierce BOS 7.8  .480 
 Anthony DEN 7.6  .463 
 Redd MIL 7.5  .507 
 Wade MIA 7.2  .527 
 Brand LAC 6.9  .515 
 Nowitzki DAL 6.8  .518 


4th Quarter Scoring
Player
Team
Pts/g
FG%
 Bryant LAL 9.1  .411 
 James CLE 7.3  .491 
 Arenas WAS 7.3  .391 
 Iverson PHI 7.1  .432 
 Nowitzki DAL 6.8  .439 
 Wade MIA 6.7  .458 
 Allen SEA 6.4  .449 
 Carter NJN 6.3  .407 
 Pierce BOS 6.2  .452 
 Szczerbiak MIN 6.2  .555 

So yes, Kobe Bryant is the king of pure total points in virtually every quarter split, with only Iverson's insanely huge first quarter numbers preventing a clean sweep. Interestingly, Kobe's FG% is much worse in both the second and fourth quarters -- could he be tiring from so many minutes played or does he just go to too much of a "one man army" mentality at the close of a half?

LeBron James meanwhile is #2 in points per game for the 3rd and 4th quarters, and does so with a nifty field goal percentage -- 8% better than Kobe in the fourth!

Why stop with points though? Let's run through some other "box score highlights"

Assists

1st Quarter Assists
Player
Team
Ast/g
 Nash PHO 3.3 
 Davis GSW 3.0 
 Paul NOK 2.9 
 Billups DET 2.8 
 Miller DEN 2.7 


2nd Quarter Assists
Player
Team
Ast/g
 Nash PHO 2.3 
 Knight CHA 2.2 
 Kidd NJN 2.0 
 Miller DEN 1.9 
 Claxton NOK 1.8 
3rd Quarter Assists
Player
Team
Ast/g
 Nash PHO 3.0 
 Billups DET 2.6 
 Davis GSW 2.6 
 Paul NOK 2.3 
 Kidd NJN 2.3 


4th Quarter Assists
Player
Team
Ast/g
 Watson SEA 2.1 
 Knight CHA 1.9 
 Davis GSW 1.8 
 Iverson PHI 1.8 
 Nash PHO 1.7 

So Steve Nash leads all the way through until the fourth quarter where a fair amount of "garbage time" may come into play. Earl Watson may be playing in some meaningless games for the Sonics at this point, but he's definitely a keeper for his outstanding defense and team +/- influence!

Rebounds

1st Quarter Rebounds
Player
Team
Reb/g
 Garnett MIN 4.2 
 Howard ORL 4.0 
 B.Wallace DET 3.6 
 Camby DEN 3.5 
 Gooden CLE 3.3 


2nd Quarter Rebounds
Player
Team
Reb/g
 Okafor CHA 2.9 
 Evans DEN 2.8 
 Duncan SAS 2.8 
 Marion PHO 2.4 
 McDyess DET 2.4 
3rd Quarter Rebounds
Player
Team
Reb/g
 Camby DEN 3.8 
 B.Wallace DET 3.7 
 Howard ORL 3.7 
 Marion PHO 3.5 
 Garnett MIN 3.3 


4th Quarter Rebounds
Player
Team
Reb/g
 Boozer UTA 2.9 
 Marion PHO 2.8 
 Duncan SAS 2.7 
 Garnett MIN 2.7 
 Webber PHI 2.7 

So we see much more variety in who is on top for rebounds, and there is something to be said perhaps for the idea that being fresh is important for hitting the boards -- a tired player can't leap as quickly, as high or as often!

Rather than show full tables for minor stats, we'll just list leaders:

Blocks
1st Qtr - Camby (1.00), Dalembert (.73)
2nd Qtr - Kirilenko (.75), Milicic (.75 for ORL)
3rd Qtr - Camby (1.15), Przybilla (.88)
4th Qtr - Kirilenko (1.01), Josh Smith (.69)

Steals
1st Qtr - Artest (.88 for IND), Paul (.71)
2nd Qtr - G.Wallace (.70), Artest (.54 for SAC)
3rd Qtr - Artest (.75 for IND), G.Wallace (.70)
4th Qtr - C.Butler (.52), Artest (.51 for SAC)

Free Throw Attempts
1st Qtr - Iverson (2.99), L.James (2.46)
2nd Qtr - Iverson (2.75), Wade (2.61)
3rd Qtr - Arenas (2.94), Iverson (2.76)
4th Qtr - Arenas (3.44), Bryant (3.39)

Fouls
1st Qtr - Sweetney (1.08), Dalembert (1.06)
2nd Qtr - Fortson (1.70), S.Swift (1.25)
3rd Qtr - Mihm (1.34), Kurt Thomas (1.26)
4th Qtr - Al Harrington (1.35), Watson (1.23 for SEA)


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