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

Examples of shot clock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the next Lakers possession, with the shot clock about to expire, Caldwell-Pope drove hard to his right against Duncan Robinson and extended over him for a right-hand layup to put the Lakers ahead 95-88 with 2:02 remaining. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Detroit Piston Kentavious Caldwell-Pope clutch in Game 4, Lakers on brink of NBA title," 7 Oct. 2020 After the Heat intentionally committed a 24-second shot clock violation with 0.7 seconds left, Lakers coach Frank Vogel had to insert Alex Caruso, Danny Green and Jared Dudley because James, Rondo and Kuzma were off the floor. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Lakers' LeBron James explains why he walked off court in closing seconds of Game 3 loss to Heat," 5 Oct. 2020 With 11 seconds on the shot clock, Dangerfield drove to the basket v.s Shatori Walker-Kimbrough. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Minnesota Lynx edge Phoenix Mercury in WNBA playoff second round," 17 Sep. 2020 Conley made a 3-pointer from the corner while falling down to beat the shot clock and then later banked in one, keeping Utah rolling even on the possessions when Denver defended well. Brian Mahoney, orlandosentinel.com, "Jamal Murray scores 50 for Denver to force Game 7 at Disney World after 119-107 victory over Utah, which got 44 from Donovan Mitchell," 31 Aug. 2020 Cutting layup with one second left on the shot clock. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "How 20-year-old Heat rookie Tyler Herro sank Celtics in Game 4 of Eastern Conference finals," 24 Sep. 2020 Professional basketball invented the shot clock to force teams to pick up the pace of the game. Lee Davidson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Mike Lee seeks a ‘shot clock’ to speed federal environmental reviews," 17 Sep. 2020 Conley made a 3-pointer from the corner while falling down to beat the shot clock and then later banked in one, keeping Utah rolling even on the possessions when Denver defended well. Brian Mahoney, orlandosentinel.com, "Jamal Murray scores 50 for Denver to force Game 7 at Disney World after 119-107 victory over Utah, which got 44 from Donovan Mitchell," 31 Aug. 2020 Washington's Myisha Hines-Allen made an open 3-pointer at 2:06 that was ruled to be after the shot clock expired following a delayed review at 1:48. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Shey Peddy hits buzzer beater in Mercury first round playoff win," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of shot clock

1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Shot clock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shot%20clock. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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