three-point line


Definition of three-point line

: a line on a basketball court forming an arc at a set distance (such as 22 feet) from the basket beyond which a field goal counts for three points

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Recent Examples on the Web Damian Lillard crossed over LeBron James beyond the three-point line and had a free run down the lane during the second quarter of the Portland Trail Blazers 116-108 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday night. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers, running on fumes and with little depth, search for answers down 2-1 to Los Angeles Lakers," 23 Aug. 2020 With Matthews in his way, Butler opted to jab step forward before stepping back for a tough, fadeaway jumper from just inside the three-point line at the buzzer. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heat 116, Bucks 114: Jimmy Butler's free throws sink the Bucks into a 2-0 hole," 2 Sep. 2020 After crossing the three-point line, James pushed past Portland Trail Blazers guard Gary Trent Jr. toward the rim for what looked to be an easy layup off the backboard. oregonlive, "Hassan Whiteside’s presence inside powered Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 win over Los Angeles Lakers," 19 Aug. 2020 The three-point line made its debut in the NBA on Oct. 12, 1979, and nine games opened the season that night. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Unwanted outsider to offensive must: Evolution of the three-pointer," 17 Aug. 2020 Portland lost to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday and almost lost to the Nets Thursday because of its inability to defend the three-point line. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Game preview, time, TV channel, how to watch live stream online," 15 Aug. 2020 On the play that led to Anthony’s big three-pointer, Lillard drove to the lane before passing back out to McCollum, standing beyond the three-point line to the right of the top of the key. oregonlive, "Carmelo Anthony and Gary Trent Jr. coming up huge for Portland Trail Blazers’ during playoff push," 5 Aug. 2020 Curry, 32, is known as one of the best shooters in NBA history and has been credited with revolutionizing the game as teams and athletes have adopted and adapted to his success behind the three-point line. Melanie Laughman,, " Sports Awards adds Patriots' Bill Belichick, NBA's Stephen Curry to show," 10 June 2020 The bulk of his damage is done from the three-point line as more than half of his shots came from that range. Stephen Means, cleveland, "What Bowen Hardman’s commitment means for Ohio State basketball: Buckeyes recruiting," 14 May 2020

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Three-point line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of three-point line

basketball : a curved line on a basketball court that is a set distance (such as 22 feet) from the basket and beyond which successful shots count for three points

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