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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Later, Williams caught a pass in a similar spot, early in the shot clock, and fired up another shot that never really had a chance. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "Gifted Celtic Robert Williams remains a work in progress," 12 July 2019 Wesson feels the rule change that will require the most adjustment is the new shot clock. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "Andre Wesson is adjusting to being Ohio State basketball’s lone senior leader," 13 June 2019 So far this season, Seattle is battling the shot clock more because of that lack of a bonafide scoring threat. oregonlive.com, "Weathering the Storm: Despite key injuries, Seattle remains in WNBA playoff race," 24 July 2019 With 1:37 left, Fred VanVleet hit a game-cinching three-pointer as the shot clock expired which saw the Raptors retake a double-digit lead and hold on for the win. Kaelen Jones, SI.com, "Raptors Beat Shorthanded Warriors, Take 2–1 Series Lead," 5 June 2019 But Fred VanVleet’s three-pointer as the shot clock expired gave Toronto a 118-105 lead with 1:37 remaining. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Raptors take advantage of shorthanded Warriors for 2-1 series lead," 29 May 2019 Since the introduction of the shot clock more than fifty years ago, home teams have won 79% of Game 7s. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, "How To Become A Raptors Superfan (In 5 Minutes Or Less)," 5 June 2019 There’s a shot clock on his back, showing about two seconds remaining. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Breakaway: How DeMar DeRozan Keeps Defenses Guessing," 26 Feb. 2018 Wheeler answered though as the shot clock was winding down, hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Doug Feinberg, Houston Chronicle, "Erica Wheeler leads Team Wilson to win at WNBA All-Star Game," 27 July 2019

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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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