NBA Game Clock
In the NBA, there are four quarters that each last 12 minutes. In an NBA basketball game, the game clock will start with 12 minutes on the clock and tick until it reaches zero. Once the clock reaches zero, the quarter ends.
College Basketball Game Clock
In college basketball, there are two halves, that each last 20 minutes. In a college basketball game, the game clock starts with 20 minutes on the clock and ticks until it reaches zero. Once the clock reaches zero, the half ends.
A buzzer beater is when a player makes a basket to win the game while the game clock hits zero. As long as the ball leaves a player's hands prior to the game clock reaching zero, then the basket will still count if it is made. Buzzer beaters are very rare, but when they happen in a game they are exciting for fans and players.
Game Clock Stops
- A foul is assessed
- A player is injured
- The ball is carried or thrown out of bounds
- A timeout is called