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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Simpson’s hook shot off the glass gave the Wolverines an early 10-0 lead, and although Northwestern quickly battled back to within two, the game didn’t stay close for long. Noah Trister, The Seattle Times, "No. 2 Michigan now 17-0 after 80-60 win over Northwestern," 13 Jan. 2019 Tristan Thompson sneaked a hook shot over JaVale McGee’s outstretched fingers, but Durant answered with a turnaround jumper that gave him 34 points for the game. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Kevin Durant Pulls Warriors Closer to Another N.B.A. Title," 7 June 2018 Dallas answered with three straight baskets before a short hook shot by center Brittney Griner, starting Phoenix on a 7-3 run to lead 74-62. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Diana Taurasi hits 1,000th career 3-pointer in Mercury's season-opening win," 18 May 2018 Thaddeus Young scored on a turnaround hook shot to give the Pacers a 64-37 halftime lead. USA TODAY, "Oladipo scores 23 points in return, Pacers beat Bulls," 6 Jan. 2018 The run finally ended when Vucevic sank a short-range hook shot with 5:46 to play, but his basket only drew the Magic within 80-73. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic falter in fourth quarter, lose to Bulls 90-82," 31 Mar. 2018 On the next Warriors possession, Khris Middleton picked off a pass and John Henson nailed a hook shot at the other end. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 116, Warriors 107: Defense sets the tone during game-changing run," 30 Mar. 2018 Steven Adams capped the stunning turnaround with a hook shot with 3:45 left in the first half and Oklahoma led 45-44, erasing a deficit that had been as large as 18 points. Joe Freeman, OregonLive.com, "Portland Trail Blazers hang on to beat Oklahoma City Thunder 108-105: Rapid reaction," 25 Mar. 2018 Davis, who converted three alley-oop lobs from Rondo into two dunks and a layup, reached 21 points on a close-range hook shot with 1:37 left in the second quarter. Brett Martel, charlotteobserver, "Anthony Davis scores 31, leads New Orleans Pelicans past Charlotte Hornets | Charlotte Observer," 13 Mar. 2018

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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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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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