shot clock

noun

Definition of shot clock 

: a clock in basketball that displays a countdown of the time within which shooting the ball is required

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Minutes later, Curry, who had fumbled his dribble with the shot clock expiring, dropped another majestic three-pointer over Kevin Love. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Steph Curry sets Finals three-point record as Warriors take 2-0 lead," 3 June 2018 Up two with the shot clock ticking down, the ball went to Petty at the top of the key. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "The story behind John Petty's magical night when the 3-pointer stroke returned," 16 Jan. 2018 Some, such as All-America guard Sabrina Ionescu, didn't even know the rules of 3-on-3, with its 10-minute games, 12-second shot clock and format of first to 21 points in a half-court. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks team preparing to represent U.S. in 3-on-3 World Cup," 31 May 2018 Wade sank his shots, giving the Sixers the ball in a tie game with three seconds separating the shot clock and the game clock. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Ben Simmons' foul shooting: How big an issue? | David Murphy," 28 Feb. 2018 Curry had the shot of the night with 7:54 to play, making an off-balance swish from several feet behind the 3-point arc over Love as the shot clock wound down, then scooted backward in delight. Fox News, "Warriors beat Cavaliers in Game 2; Curry sets record," 4 June 2018 Curry had the shot of the night with 7:54 to play, making an off-balance swish from several feet behind the 3-point arc over Love as the shot clock wound down, then backpedaled in pure joy. Janie Mccauley, chicagotribune.com, "Stephen Curry sets shooting record, Warriors beat Cavs 122-103 to take 2-0 lead in NBA Finals," 3 June 2018 Curry had the shot of the night with 7:54 to play, making an off-balance swish from several feet behind the 3-point arc over Love as the shot clock wound down, then backpedaled in pure joy. CBS News, "Steph Curry dazzles from deep, Warriors take 2-0 NBA Finals lead," 3 June 2018 Officials determined there was still time on the game clock before the shot clock expired, giving Paul the chance to shoot the free throw. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Watch: Steve Kerr Explains Not Calling a Timeout in Finals Seconds of Warriors-Rockets Game," 23 May 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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shot clock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shot clock

basketball : a clock that shows how much time a player has left to shoot the ball

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