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Basketball Overtime

What is overtime in basketball? How long does overtime last in an NBA game or college basketball game? Get ready to learn the rules of overtime in basketball.


Overtime in basketball happens when the score is tied at the end of regulation. Overtime is used to determine the winning team when the score is tied.

Basketball Overtime

IMPORTANT: Overtime rules differ for college basketball, NBA basketball, high school basketball, and in FIBA.

NBA Basketball Overtime Rules

In NBA basketball, overtime quarters last five minutes.

Basketball NBA Overtime

College Basketball Overtime Rules

In college basketball, overtime quarters last five minutes. At the end of five minutes, the team with the most points is the winner.

Basketball NCAA Overtime

Overtime Jump Ball

At the start of overtime, a jump ball is used to put the ball into play. All jump balls take place at the center circle.

Basketball Jump Ball

Extra Overtime Quarters

Additional overtime quarters are played if the score is tied at the end of the first overtime quarter. There is no limit on the amount of overtime periods that can be played. A winner is always determined in basketball.

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