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I've seen this term used often when I read about the NBA in the USA. What is a "go-ahead three-pointer"?

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A three-pointer is a shot that scores three points by virtue of the taker being outside the three-point arc at the time of taking it.

The "go-ahead" shot or goal in any sport is that shot or goal which puts the team who scored it in the lead, and sometimes more specifically, in a lead which they held for the remainder of the game.

Thus, the "go-ahead three-pointer" is a three-pointer shot which put the scoring team in the lead, possibly after which that team stayed leading until the end.

Compare with ice hockey's "game-winning goal" for a similar concept.

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