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How many points is a free throw worth in basketball?

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A free throw is worth a single point in basketball. Free throws are shot from behind the foul line in basketball without allowing defenders to alter or block the shot.

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Free throws are awarded after a personal foul and technical foul in basketball; typically a player gets two free throws if the player was fouled in the act of shooting and missed the shot, or a single free throw if the player made the shot after the foul. Free throws are not allowed to be defended by another player and players who enter the painted area before the free throw attempt are penalized. On the free throw that is about to be rebounded, the ball must touch the rim. If it does not touch the rim, the defending team is automatically awarded the ball.

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