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What is a 'three-point' shot in basketball?

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Outside of the "key", but in the same half of the court, there is another line, roughly in the shape of a half circle. Shots made from outside of this line are awarded 3 points. They are sometimes referred to as "field goals".
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Why is the three-point shot called from downtown in basketball?

Freddie Brown graduated from downtown Milwaukee's Lincoln High  School in 1967, where other high schools gave him his nickname  "Downtown Freddie" Brown, and he was often am

Who made the first three point shot in basketball?

Ronnie Carr of Western Carolina made college basketball's first 3-point shot in 1980.   Chris Ford of the Boston Celtics made the NBA's first 3-point shot in 1979.

When was the three point shot added to basketball?

The NBA adopted the 3 point line at the start of the 1979-1980 season, which is of variable distance, ranging from 22 feet (6.7 m) in the corners to 23.75 feet.