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.
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.
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.