free throw

noun

Definition of free throw 

: an unhindered shot in basketball made from behind a set line and awarded because of a foul by an opponent

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Their last points were James' free throws with 4:38 to go. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "LeBron James' big shot, Tyronn Lue's blackouts, and more Hunger Games: Inside Cavs-Pacers series," 26 Apr. 2018 Wagner’s 3-pointer tied it, then Poole’s two free throws gave them the lead for good with 6:20 to play. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball reserves save season, end Loyola's title dream," 1 Apr. 2018 Meinel’s two free throws and Brodie’s driving layup gave the Titans a 20-17 lead. Rick O'brien, Philly.com, "Upper Dublin girls end Cinderella run, beat C.B. South for state basketball crown," 27 Mar. 2018 Both teams struggled to take care of the ball during the next two minutes before a Mann dunk at the 5:39 mark and a series of free throws over the next few minutes helped the Seminoles pull away. Iliana Limón Romero, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida State overwhelms Gonzaga, reaches Elite 8 for first time since 1993," 23 Mar. 2018 His three free throws late in the game got MU within four and also sent him past Dwyane Wade's 710 points for the highest scoring season in school history. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Penn State 85, Marquette 80: NIT run comes to end," 20 Mar. 2018 The Aztecs were still within 33-29 with 2:17 left in the half, and Pope had another free throw coming. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Aztecs lose to Houston as Kell's final shot fails to fall," 16 Mar. 2018 However, the Wildcats wouldn't score again until DeMarco Collins' free throw with 3:18 left in the fourth quarter forced a 48-48 tie. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Issac Stanback provides spark in key run as H-F edges Thornton for regional title," 3 Mar. 2018 Three free throws by Ian Mulle with 4:30 left in the second quarter gave Portage a 27-14 lead. Mike Hutton, Post-Tribune, "Upset special: Greg Milledge and Portage deny Chesterton a share of DAC title," 22 Feb. 2018

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1891, in the meaning defined above

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free throw

noun

English Language Learners Definition of free throw

: a basketball shot worth one point that must be made from behind a special line and that is given because of a foul by an opponent

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