back·court | \ ˈbak-ˈkȯrt \

Definition of backcourt 

1 : the area near or nearest the back boundary lines or back wall of the playing area in a net or court game

2a : a basketball team's defensive half of the court

b : the positions of the guards on a basketball team also : the guards themselves a team with a strong backcourt

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With the clock winding down and Milwaukee down three, the contest ended with Brown losing the ball in the backcourt while trying to push for a potential game-tying attempt. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sterling Brown has more of an offensive role in summer-league loss to Mavericks," 8 July 2018 The Spurs may have to rebuild if Kawhi Leonard is on the move, and Walker and Dejounte Murray are a promising backcourt tandem. Jeremy Woo,, "Explaining the Biggest Surprises of the 2018 NBA Draft," 22 June 2018 In short, Engebretsen wants his Warriors to look more like the Rockets, a team powered by the backcourt tandem of James Harden and Chris Paul. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "In Alaska, Watching Moose Commercials and the Rockets Stomp the Warriors," 17 May 2018 Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was the star of Game 2, finishing with playoff career-highs in points (33) and assists (nine) while also playing stellar defense against Portland backcourt tandem Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. William Guillory,, "New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers, NBA Playoffs Game 3: How to watch, TV, streaming info," 19 Apr. 2018 Nurkic recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds, while making 3 of 7 shots in just 25 minutes, ceding playing time to the backcourt tandem of Zach Collins and Ed Davis, who were more effective. Joe Freeman,, "Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic pledges 'to be more aggressive' in Game 2 vs. Pelicans," 17 Apr. 2018 Having so many injuries in the backcourt has forced Sindarius Thornwell to be a point guard at times for the Clippers. Broderick Turner,, "Clippers guard Milos Teodosic out indefinitely with torn plantar fascia in left foot," 31 Mar. 2018 Self said in October, referencing the backcourt tandem Graham formed with 2016-17 national player of the year Frank Mason. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Final Four: Kansas' Devonte' Graham goes from 5-3 afterthought to superstar with an edge," 29 Mar. 2018 Controlling Portland's backcourt tandem of Daman Lillard and C. J. McCollum will be key. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers coach Nate McMillan has fond memories of Portland," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of backcourt

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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