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Basketball is a team sport. It is played with two teams of five who try to score points against one another.

Teams keep control by bouncing/dribbling and throwing a ball to each other and score by shooting through a 10 feet (3 m) high basket under organized rules.

The team with more points at the end of the game wins.

Disruptive physical contact is not permitted and there are restrictions on how the ball can be handled, each team is only allowed 5 fouls or 6 in the NBA .

Through time, basketball has developed to a technical sport with thought put into positioning and passing.

Competitive basketball is primarily an indoor sport, played on a basketball court, and less regulated variations has become more popular as an outdoor and beach sport where each team consists of three players.

Basketball was first incorporated into the Asian Games in 1951.

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Basketball is usually considered an American sport, but it was actually invented by a Canadian churchman called James Naismith.

He wanted to create a game that could be played indoors during the winter, as a way of keeping his students at the YMCA in shape.

Today, Basketball is played worldwide, with players from more than 30 countries strutting their stuff in the American National Basketball Association (NBA) - the world’s leading professional league.

Basketball is an Asian Games sport since the 1951 edition. The Asian Games tournaments were the de facto Asian championships until the Asian Basketball Confederation Championship was founded in 1960.

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