The date of origin of one of the most popular games today is considered to be 1891. Since then, basketball has undergone major changes, however, its popularity with each passing year only grows, increasing the number of fans, professional matches, as well as attracting many fans to try yourself in such an attractive sport. In this regard, continually be a special section and gyms, and popular summaries of the rules in basketball.

## Basketball – a game of millions

The principle of the game of basketball is quite simple – the confrontation between two teams consisting of 5 players, the winner is who can score the most points at the end of the meeting. To add points to the box of his team, the players on both sides keen to throw the ball to the opponent's basket, in this case, depending on the area of the throw relies a different number of points.

## How many halves in a basketball game is divided?

Depending on the type of competition depends on the duration of the game. A common feature is just the definition of how many periods (in basketball referred to as a quarter) will be divided meeting. Any match lasts 4 period of time, after which, in case of a tie, the overtime is played. Thus the question of about how long time in basketball, it is impossible to give a definite answer. For example, in the most popular League – the National basketball Association, the quarter is played 12 minutes, whereas most other tournaments to determine the duration of the period of 10 minutes.

## How long is a basketball match?

In the course of the game constantly undergoing little pause, which you can never prejudge how long a meeting. At the end of the 4 quarters of the match can be played overtime, and in the case of another equality of points – even more. The coaches of each team during the game have the opportunity to take a short break, they shall have the right to use, and if Yes, how many time-outs per game? In basketball each side is given the opportunity 5 times to take a break in normal time twice in the first half of the match, three in the second. Also during each of the overtimes, the coach has an opportunity for another break.

Any basketball game is associated with a large physical load, which the coach should vary the composition in the course of the meeting, which also increases the duration of the game. Knowing the condition of his players, the coach determines who can go to the court and for how many periods. In basketball it is often the right tactic return brings ultimate success by maintaining the freshness in basketball for a long time.

As a result, given the many stops of the meeting the arbitrator, the execution of free throws and technical breaks between quarters, each official meeting in basketball lasts on average about 1.5-2 hours. Fans, having the ability to determine how many periods in basketball share their game and at what duration can vary this time, much freer.

## The longest game in history

In world basketball history the cases of two, three or more overtimes are quite rare. Thus, in the framework of the NBA, founded in June 1946, officially recorded only 12 matches where extra time was administered more than three times. The result of the longest match in overseas national League was the match “Milwaukee Bucks” and “Seattle Supersonics” that showed the strongest only at the end of the 5th overtime.

But the current world record listed in the Guinness Book of records, is a charity game in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, aimed to update the record for the duration of the meeting. 24 basketball for more than 120 hours delighted the audience with its thrilling game which ended with an incredible in official matches score – 16783:16732! In an effort to stay on site the maximum time the players didn't care about the defense, but also ate, rested and slept on the bleachers next to the court.