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.
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.
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.
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.
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.