hook shot


Definition of hook shot

: a shot in basketball made usually while standing sideways to the basket by swinging the ball up in an arc with the far hand

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Recent Examples on the Web Antetokounmpo finished with 40 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and his hook shot with 1:12 left in overtime tied the score at 111. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 July 2021 The statue, which displays Embry donning his Miami No. 23 jersey and posing in his signature hook shot, was created by Tom Tsuchiya, the same artist who created Great American Ball Park's bronze statues of Cincinnati Reds legends. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 18 May 2021 Rookie Isaiah Stewart was strong inside again, as his hook shot put the Pistons up 103-101 with 57 seconds left. Matt Schoch, Star Tribune, 19 Apr. 2021 With shades of Magic Johnson — tossing in a hook shot to win a Finals game against Boston, or playing center (against the 76ers) in a game that won the title — Morant stepped boldly out of his comfort zone. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 May 2021 Duncan’s bank shot stands as one of those nearly unstoppable shots, similar to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s hook shot. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 Long before Eubanks was born, Billy Paultz was sinking a sweeping hook shot with regularity during his 15 ABA/NBA seasons, which included parts of six campaigns with the Spurs. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 2 May 2021 Drummond then scored on a hook shot and was fouled. Broderick Turner Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 The senior who transferred to Maryland played just two minutes but scored on a nice hook shot over Alex Reese in the first half to finish with two points. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 23 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of hook shot

circa 1932, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jul 2021

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“Hook shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hook%20shot. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hook shot

basketball : a shot made by swinging the ball up and over your head with a long movement of your arm


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