How long does a basketball game last?

How long does a basketball game exactly last? This is a question that probably all wives ask themselves during the matches that their husbands faithfully follow. Below we present the duration of a basketball game according to FIBA rules, and below that, NBA. In Poland and Europe, matches are played according to the standards of the International Basketball Federation, FIBA (French: Fédération Internationale de Basketball).

How long does a basketball game last according to FIBA?

A basketball game consists of four “quarters” of 10 minutes each. So the total game time is 40 minutes (counting only the game). There are 2-minute breaks between the quarters. In addition, there is a longer break of 15 minutes between the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

The game time can also be extended by additional, short breaks announced by the referees. In case of a tie, overtime periods are played, which last for 5 minutes, with two-minute breaks, until one of the teams achieves victory.

How long does a full NBA game last?

In the American NBA league, a basketball game also consists of four quarters, but they last for 12 minutes instead of 10. So the total game time is 48 minutes. Of course, there is also a 15-minute halftime break and additional short breaks during the game for explanations of ongoing disputes such as fouls, etc. Overtime should also be added to the game time. In total, an NBA game can last up to 2 to 2.5 hours.

Slightly different rules apply in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Here, a game consists of two halves of 20 minutes each. So the total game time is 40 minutes. Additionally, standard breaks resulting from various situations during the match, during which time is stopped, and overtime should be considered. The break between halves is 15 minutes. As an interesting fact, the longest WNBA game lasted for 2 hours and 57 minutes. It took place in 2002 between the Orlando Miracle and Cleveland Rockers. The Miracle team eventually won with a score of 103-99.

How long does an overtime in a basketball game last?

The duration of a single overtime period in basketball according to FIBA, NBA, and WNBA rules is the same and lasts for 5 minutes. There is no limit to the number of overtimes. A basketball game lasts until a winner is determined. Due to the unlimited overtimes, a basketball game can last up to 3 hours.

What was the longest basketball game ever?

The longest basketball game lasted a total of 78 minutes of actual gameplay. It was a match between the Rochester Royals and the Indianapolis Olympians in the NBA league. The game ended with a score of 75-73 after 6 overtimes. This took place on January 6, 1951.

Guinness World Record

The longest basketball game lasted a whopping 5 days in total. This was, of course, a planned Guinness World Record attempt. From August 6 to 11, 2021, a basketball marathon was organized in Buffalo, New York. The record was broken, and it lasted for 120 hours and 2 minutes of gameplay. As for the game result, it was 10,671 to 10,720 points. Youth and students from local schools and universities took part in this basketball marathon. During this event, $60,000 was also raised for charitable purposes related to mental health treatment.


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