free throw


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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The free throws gave Cooley 10 points for the evening along with five rebounds and an assist—numbers far from ovation-worthy. Staff,, "Weekend Read: Meet the 'Adopted Son' of NBA Summer League, Astroball's Release and More," 13 July 2018 With the Clippers down three points with 52.3 seconds left, Thornwell made two free throws to pull them to within 72-71. Broderick Turner,, "Clippers rookies have solid outing in Summer League debuts," 7 July 2018 Since the clock rarely stops and because every goal is so impactful, drawing a penalty yields a much bigger advantage in soccer than, say, free throws in basketball. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why soccer players take dives," 21 June 2018 But James was given a foul following a review with 36.4 seconds left and Durant converted a pair of free throws to tie it at 104. Janie Mccauley,, "Warriors Withstand James' 51 Points To Win NBA Finals Game 1," 1 June 2018 The Cavs had two chances to win at the end of regulation, but George Hill missed a go-ahead free throw, and Smith inexplicably dribbled out the clock after the rebound, not realizing the game was tied. Rohan Nadkarni,, "J.R. Smith's Late-Game Blunder Allows Warriors to Take Game 1," 1 June 2018 Tucker made one of two free throws and the teams exchanged layups before Golden State scored nine straight points, with two threes from Curry, to take a 64-61 lead. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Golden State wins Game 7 in Houston, will again face Cleveland in NBA Finals," 28 May 2018 Boston's Jaylen Brown and coach Brad Stevens were whistled for technicals late in the third and the Sixers capitalized with two free throws and an Embiid dunk that had rapper Meek Mill standing. Dan Gelston,, "76ers Hold Off Elimination With 103-92 Win Over Celtics," 7 May 2018 In the second half of Game 2, the Warriors shot 24 free throws and the Pelicans shot four. William Guillory,, "Pelicans searching for answers behind lack of free throws," 2 May 2018

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1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of free throw was in 1891

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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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