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NBA announces All-Star Game format change

The NBA is changing the format of the All-Star Game this year. The league announced the decision  Thursday.

The new structure makes each of the first three quarters like their own 12-minute game. The score will be reset to 0-0 at the beginning of each. Team LeBron and Team Giannis – captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will draft their teams from a pool of All-Stars on Feb. 6 – will each choose a Chicago-based charity. The winner of each quarter will receive a $100,000 donation to that charity. If the quarter ends in a tie, the award is added to the next quarter’s stakes.

The fourth quarter, which was designed to honor the late Kobe Bryant, is even more unique. Each team will start with the number of points it scored in the first three quarters combined. The final target score will be set to 24 more points than the leading team’s starting score. For example, if the score was 100-90 at the end of three quarters, the target score would be 124. Bryant wore the numbers 8 and 24 in his NBA career.

Then, the two teams play and untimed fourth quarter. The first to the target score is the overall winner. The All-Star Game winner receives a $200,000 donation to its charity of choice.

The NBA said in a release that the new format was, “designed to increase the level of competition throughout the game, provide additional excitement at the finish and make the outcome of every quarter count for charity.”

Chicago will host the 2020 NBA All-Star game on Feb. 16.

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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017 file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference in New York.   Chicago will host the 2020 All-Star game for the first time since 1988, when Michael Jordan took off from the foul line in an epic dunk contest and delivered an MVP performance in the game.  Silver, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Bulls executives Michael Reinsdorf and John Paxson were on hand Friday, Nov. 10 for the announcement on the United Center floor.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

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