shot clock


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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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,, "Watch: Steve Kerr Explains Not Calling a Timeout in Finals Seconds of Warriors-Rockets Game," 23 May 2018 With the shot clock off, the Bucks were forced to foul and Rozier made 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to close it out. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Celtics 113, Bucks 107: Milwaukee's magic fizzles out in overtime," 15 Apr. 2018 On one first-quarter possession, the Pistons were forced into a 3-point try by Drummond as the shot clock expired. Dave Hogg, star-telegram, "Pistons outlast Mavericks in OT, ruin Motley's career-best game | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 6 Apr. 2018 The Kings want to play that way in the regular season, but often dribbled to much and started their offense too late into the shot clock. Jason Jones, sacbee, "The Kings want to 'get out and run.' Why that best suits Justin Jackson's game," 9 July 2018 Yvonne Turner hit a 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock that made it 80-74 for the Mercury (13-5) with 36.6 seconds left and stopped a 10-3 Washington run., "Digest (July 1): Capitals sign center Dowd to one-year contract; Beagle off to Canucks," 3 July 2018 Like a sequence at the end of the third quarter, when Stephenson made a long 3 as the shot clock was about to expire, then blocked a dunk attempt at the end of the third quarter. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Bogey saves the day for the Pacers," 5 Mar. 2018 Missouri took a brief lead after Nikko beat the shot clock with a circus shot but couldn't hold it very long as Gilgeous-Alexander quickly responded with five points of his own. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "Missouri blown out at Kentucky for third straight loss | The Kansas City Star," 24 Feb. 2018 The Rockets’ idea of a really terrific play is to leave the ball in the hands of Harden, dribbling madly away, until about five seconds remain on the shot clock and it’s desperation time. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors, Celtics: It feels like a collision course," 15 May 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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

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