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 Lopez, who scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half, righted the ship with an offensive rebound and a hook shot to put the Bucks back in the lead with under a minute left. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rockets 120, Bucks 116: Late rally marred by careless finish," 2 Aug. 2020 But Cowens missed a hook shot with 9 seconds left, and the Bucks' Jon McGlocklin missed a 15-footer at the buzzer, tweaking his balky calf in the process. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Next Ten: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's skyhook wins double overtime thriller in 1974 Finals," 23 May 2020 But Whiteside’s hook shot hit the back of the rim and bounced out. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Damian Lillard’s record-setting night isn’t enough to lead Portland Trail Blazers to victory over Brooklyn Nets: Game rewind," 9 Nov. 2019 With a running hook shot that kissed the backboard before falling through the net, Simpson reached the 1,000-point mark in his college career. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball's Zavier Simpson playing at new level, with end of career in sight," 21 Feb. 2020 About three minutes into the fourth quarter, a Michael Carter-Williams hook shot got the Orlando Magic to within nine points — their first time trailing by single digits since the second quarter. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 111, Magic 95: Hot shooting by Brook Lopez helps Milwaukee weather dry spell in second half," 8 Feb. 2020 May I interest you in a wild, half-court, buzzer-beating hook shot from Maine? Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Patrick Mahomes should become a household name this weekend, and it's about time," 29 Jan. 2020 Green scored on a hook shot with 2:30 left in the first half to cap the run. Gideon Rubin, Twin Cities, "Timberwolves lose 11th straight game, 113-104 at Golden State," 24 Dec. 2019 His turnaround hook shot in the lane gave the Spurs a 105-86 lead and left the Blazers reeling in the second game of back-to-back. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers’ rally falls short in 113-110 loss to San Antonio Spurs: Game rewind," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hook shot

circa 1932, in the meaning defined above

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7 Aug 2020

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“Hook shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hook%20shot. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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