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Buzzer Beater

What does Buzzer Beater Mean?

A field goal attempt taken just before the game clock, end-of-quarter clock, or 24-second clock is about to expire. For a buzzer beater to count, the player has to release the ball before the buzzer sounds. The shot still counts even if the ball goes in while there is no time on the clock.


Sporting Charts explains Buzzer Beater

In the NBA, NCAA and several international leagues, officials are required to review the buzzer beater using instant replay to evaluate whether or not the field goal attempt left the shooter's hand before time ran out.

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