Basketball is a fast-paced, high-flying sport that is popular in the United States and around the world. The game is played by two teams of five players each, with the objective of shooting a ball through a hoop that is 10 feet high. Points are earned each time a player successfully throws the ball through the hoop, with the team that has the most points at the end of the game winning. Basketball is typically played on a hardwood court, with games lasting 48 minutes at the professional level and typically shorter for amateur and youth leagues. The sport requires a combination of physical skill, teamwork, and strategy, making it a popular recreational activity and spectator sport in the US.