from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Basketball) A shot that rolls off the tips of the fingers into the basket.

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  • noun a basketball shot that rolls off the tips of the fingers into the basket


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  • While the practice was ragged for long stretches, among the highlights of the practice were several dunks by McGee, an opening finger-roll basket from Arenas and an array of drives and passes from John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in June's NBA draft.

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  • Roy's finger-roll layup at the buzzer gave Portland a 109-108 victory over the Knicks on Sunday. 2008

  • Rookie O.J. Mayo's finger-roll narrowed it to 92-90 with 5.4 seconds left. 2008

  • Brandon Roy lifted the Trail Blazers with a finger-roll at the buzzer. 2008

  • Iverson dished off to Hamilton for the game's first basket, scored on a finger-roll layup and kicked the ball out to Prince for a 3-pointer as Detroit took a 9-6 lead. 2008

  • Ten seconds later, Smith's finger-roll layup made it 93-80. 2007

  • Rudy Gay, who scored seven points before fouling out, hit a high-arcing jumper for a 99-94 lead, but Carter scored on a finger-roll in the lane and Jefferson added two free throws with 2: 05 to go to cut the lead to 99-98. 2007

  • Beasley opened the game with a fancy fall-away jumper in the lane, and he easily glided around Stiemsma for a smooth finger-roll basket. 2007

  • He scored on four of the Nets 'first five possessions, starting it with a finger-roll in the lane, before adding two free throws and two jumpers. 2007

  • Then he finished a strong drive with a pretty finger-roll layup to make it 58-50. 2007


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