NBA Jam is a 2-on-2 arcade-style basketball game that features over-the-top gameplay. The players can perform gravity defying dunks with ease and shove opposing players down without penalty. Each game consists of four 3 minute long quarters, and the team with the most points at the end of the fourth quarter wins the game. When starting a match players have the option to enter their initials in order to keep track of their win-loss record and teams that they have beaten. The only fouls a player can commit in NBA Jam are goal tending and shot clock violations. This means that the player can shove the other opposing players (and even his own teammate) down in order to get the ball and not commit a foul. A shot clock is present in order to keep the game moving at a fast pace and goal tending is used to prevent players from hoarding the basket while on defense. There is the ability for players to catch on fire. This occurs when a player makes three consecutive shots, and their opponent makes none. While on fire the player is nearly unstoppable; the player is granted unlimited turbo, increased accuracy, and can't be called for goal tending. A player's fire goes out when the opposing team makes a basket.