Nick scored 7 more points than Josh in a basketball game. Paul scored 2 points less than Josh in the same game. If the three boys scored a total of 38 points, how many points did Josh score?

11

Explanation

Let x = number of points scored by Josh, x+7 = number of points scored by Nick, and x − 2 = number of points scored by Paul.
x+x+7+x − 2 = 38
3x+5 = 38
3x = 33
x = 11