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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At the three-point line, Young and Allen got tangled and there was some pushing. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Grayson Allen, Trae Young tussled during NBA Summer League game," 6 July 2018 The Sixers have helped Dario Saric stretch his jumper out to the NBA three-point line, and also morphed T.J. McConnell into a serviceable long-range shooter. Jake Fischer,, "Trade Grades: Sixers Position Themselves For Kawhi Leonard," 21 June 2018 The next possession, Smith tossed a pass from one three-point line to the other, where Cunningham attempted another quick shot from deep. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Now playing for Mizzou women's basketball: an entire lineup of three-point shooters," 1 July 2018 Davon Reed grabbed the defensive rebound, dribbled the ball up court and found Bridges at the three-point line. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers beat Suns in summer league in first Zhaire Smith-Mikal Bridges matchup," 13 July 2018 These sorts of plays spring from the intersection of two different defensive choices: the call to blitz Curry in the first place and the understandably lax defense on Green at the three-point line. Rob Mahoney,, "Death by a Thousand Cuts: How Golden State Terrorized Cleveland at the Rim," 7 June 2018 Getting stops will help give Cleveland better offensive opportunities in transition, especially at the three-point line for Korver and Smith. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Make no mistake, LeBron James feels great about Game 3 opportunity," 6 June 2018 Curry was cold, shooting just one-for-seven from the three-point line. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors roll in schizophrenic Game 6 performance," 26 May 2018 Last season, Adebayo shot 62.9 percent at the rim, but just 34.6 percent from 3 to 9 feet (28 for 81), 32.1 percent from 10 to 15 feet (9 for 28) and 21.4 percent from 16 feet to the three-point line (3 for 14). Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Mixed offensive results for Bam Adebayo in summer league," 10 July 2018

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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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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