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6 common terms in Basketball

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Carrying the Ball

Also called "palming", an illegal dribbling of the ball with both hands at the same time, turning the ball over in your hands, or placing the hands underneath the ball as if holding or carrying it.

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Cut

A quick advance by the offense toward a position to shoot or receive the ball.

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Free throw

A free shot taken from the foul line awarded a player whose opponent committed a foul.

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Dunk

Slamming the ball into the basket.

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Jump Ball

The ball tossed into the air by the referee between two opposing players in order to start the game.

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Inside Shot

A shot from beside or in front of the basket.