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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James got JaVale McGee to bite on a pump fake near the three-point line, took one step forward and tossed the ball off the glass. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Watch: LeBron James throws alley-oop to himself in Game 3 of NBA Finals," 6 June 2018 James jumped to catch a pass near Cleveland's three-point line as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson surrounded him on either side. Khadrice Rollins,, "NBA Officials Acknowledge Missing Foul Call Against the Warriors in Game 2 on Twitter," 4 June 2018 On another play, McGee, on a switch, was guarding lightning-bug Patty Mills near the three-point line. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "McGee’s defense stands out at starting center against Spurs," 14 Apr. 2018 Cleveland won Game 4 against Golden State last year largely because of a historic night from behind the three-point line. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Will the Warriors Complete a Statement-Making Sweep of the Cavs?," 8 June 2018 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

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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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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