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

Examples of hook shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Russell developed a hook shot, with either hand, that served him well in big games, and he was known as a reliable free thrower if a game was in the balance. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 July 2022 Northwestern went up 62-56 on Young’s three-point play with 2:43 to play, but Max Christie made a pair of free throws and Marble hit a hook shot with 1:35 left to cut it to 62-60. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 15 Jan. 2022 Graham continued his stellar play, this time hitting a right-handed hook shot from 10 feet out with four seconds left to boost the Sun Devils to a 64-62 win over visiting Utah in Pac-12 matinee play Monday at Desert Financial Arena. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 18 Jan. 2022 The unease was palpable inside Pauley Pavilion after Arizona State’s Marreon Jackson made a running hook shot to pull the Sun Devils within one point with eight minutes left. Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2022 Nurkic scored on a short hook shot to give the Blazers the lead at 105-104. oregonlive, 22 Jan. 2022 Jackson made a hook shot and turned around running back on defense with a mean look on his face and eyes. Damichael Cole, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 But the Monarchs answered, as Jackson made a hook shot and Allen completed a 3-point play to push the lead back to eight. Baltimore Sun, 19 Mar. 2022 But Hall hit a hook shot in the post, A.J. Hoggard got downhill for a layup, and Christie hit an off-balance fadeway that bumped MSU’s lead back to 65-51 with inside of seven minutes to play. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hook shot

circa 1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hook shot was circa 1932

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1 Sep 2022

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“Hook shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hook%20shot. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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