How Do You Read a Basketball Box Score?

A basketball box score summarizes both the team's results following a game and breaks down statistics for each individual player. Among other things, a box score includes a team's total statistics and a player's total for points, free-throw shooting, field-goal shooting, rebounds and assists.

Players for each team are first listed in the box score and indicated whether they were in the starting lineup by their positions with either a G (guard), F (forward) or C (center) listed next to their name. Next to the position in the box score are statistics for minutes, which indicate the total number of minutes that player played in the game.

Next on the box score are columns for field goals attempted and made, three-pointers attempted and made and free throws attempted and made. These indicate the number of shots in that category each player took and how many he made. Next are statistics for both the number of offensive and defensive rebounds the player collected and the total number of rebounds the player had. The box score next lists the total number of assists, personal fouls, steals, turnovers and points each player had during the game. The box score then lists the team total for each of the categories mentioned at the bottom.