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Basketball is a sport in which two teams of five players each try to score points on one another by throwing a ball through a hoop (the basket) with organized rules.

Points are scored by passing the ball through the basket from above; the team with more points at the end of the game wins. A regular jump shot inside the arch is worth two points, beyond the arch is three points, and a free throw is one point. The ball can be advanced on the court by bouncing it (dribbling) or passing it between teammates. Disruptive physical contact (foul) is not permitted and there are restrictions on how the ball can be handled (violations).

Basketball has now adapted to involve techniques of shooting, passing and dribbling, as well as players' positions, and offensive and defensive structures. Basketball is also a popular spectator sport.

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