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How Does Scoring Work In Basketball?

Basketball Scoring

The basic way to score in basketball is to shoot the basketball through the hoop. By making a basket, teams can earn either one, two, or three points per shot.

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Free Throws

The first way to score in basketball is from a "free throw." A free throw occurs after a player is fouled by another player in the act of shooting the ball. After the player is fouled, gameplay stops and the player lines up at the free throw line located 15 feet from the front of the backboard. The player then has two to three (based on if they were shooting a two or three point shot when fouled) separate attempts to shoot the ball into the basket. Each basket the player successfully makes is worth one point. When shooting a free throw, players must make sure that both of their feet are behind the free throw line to be awarded the points.


2 and 3 Pointers

The next two ways to score are dependent on the "three point arc." The three point arc is a curved line that runs from the end line near the basket out to around mid court. Based on the level of play, the distance of the arc from the basket varies. On high school basketball courts, the arc is 19 feet 9 inches away from the basket. On college basketball courts, the arc is 20 feet 9 inches from the basket. The dimensions of the arc in the NBA are slightly more complicated. The sides of the arc are located 22 feet from the center of the basket rim and extend 16 feet 9 inches from the baseline. Beyond those points, the arc becomes curved and is 23 feet 9 inches from the rim.

Based on where the player shoots the ball from on the court, they can either score two or three points. If the player shoots the ball from anywhere beyond the three point arc and makes the basket, they score three points for their team. The player shooting must make sure that both of their feet are completely behind the line to earn three points. If a player makes a basket from anywhere inside the three point line, they are awarded two points for their team.


"And Ones"

The final way to score in basketball is through an "and one." An "and one" is when a player is fouled in the act of shooting and successfully makes the basket. This is referred to as an "and one" because even though the player made the basket, they are given the chance to score an extra point through a free throw attempt. If the player is fouled while shooting a three point shot and makes the basket, they have the potential to earn four points on that play. If the player is fouled while shooting a two point shot and makes the basket, they have the chance to earn three points on that play.


FAQ

Can you score 5 points in one play in basketball?

Yes, it is possible to score 5 points in basketball. One possible scenario to score five points is when a player is fouled in the act of shooting a three pointer and makes the shot. If a player or coach on the opposing team is called for a technical foul on the same play, the player will be given two free throws instead of one and has the chance to score five points in one play.

How do you score 3 points in basketball?

Scoring three points in basketball can be done in a few ways. One way to score three points is by shooting the ball beyond the three point arc and making the shot. In this scenario, three points are awarded automatically. Another way to score three points is by obtaining a foul in the act of shooting a two point shot, making the basket, and then making the subsequent free throw.

Can you score 4 points in one play in basketball?

Yes, scoring four points in basketball can be done in two ways. The most common way to score four points in one play is to make a three point basket while being fouled and then making the following free throw. Another way to score four points is to make a two point shot while obtaining either a flagrant or technical foul and then making the subsequent two free throws.

What are the most common ways you can score in basketball?

The most common ways to score in basketball are the one point, two point, and three point shots. A one point shot usually occurs after a player is fouled in the act of shooting. The player then stands behind the free throw line and each shot they make is worth one point. A two point shot occurs when a player makes a basket inside of the three point arc while a three point shot occurs when they shoot outside of the arc.



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