alley-oop: A designed play in which a player lobs the ball toward the basket and a teammate jumps up, catches the ball in midair, and usually dunks it.
block out (or box out): Using the body to block or shield an opponent in order to gain a better position to grab a rebound.
brick or clank: An especially ugly, misfired shot that clanks hard off the rim.
bucket:A good multipurpose word that can mean the basket itself or a made basket; also, can be used as an adjective for an especially good shooter, as in “That guy is a bucket.”
burying a jumper:To make an especially pretty jump shot.
cager:A basketball player.
charity stripe: The free-throw line.
deuce:A made field goal, worth two points.
downtown: A long way from the basket, as in, “He just hit that shot from downtown!”
hack: A foul.
hole:a basket, as in “take it to the hole.”
hoop: a basket.
H-O-R-S-E: A popular game in which one player makes a shot and his opponent must make the identical shot. Failure to do so results in gaining a letter (starting with “h”).
in the paint: In the free-throw lane.
nothin‘ but net: A shot that goes through the rim without touching the rim or any other part of the basket.
rock: Slang for the ball, as in “shoot the rock” or “pass the rock.”
T: technical foul.
take it to the hole:To drive toward the basket in an attempt to score.
trey:A made field goal from behind the three-point arc, worth three points.
21:A game in which any number of players can play. The player who has the ball attempts to score while all other players defend. A made shot results in two points, plus you are given up to three consecutive free throws, each worth one point.