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NBA All-Star Game: Format Changes and Tributes

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    The NBA All-Star game is just about to kick off. This year we have Team Lebron James vs. Team Giannis Antetokounmpo. This is one I'm actually pretty excited to watch. No only are both teams super stacked, but there's I'm also looking forward to the new format. This year each of the 3 quarters will basically it's own game, with the score getting set back at zero at the beginning of the second and third quarters. I'm looking forward to seeing how that plays out on the court.

    On a slightly different note the NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver has announced that the All-Star Game MVP Award is to be renamed in the honor of Kobe Bryant. Along with this, the All-Star game will also feature a tribute to Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant and the seven victims of the Calabasas helicopter crash. All of Team Lebron James will be wearing N0.2 jerseys to honer Gianna Bryant, while all of Team Giannis will be wearing N0.24 in honer of Kobe Bryant.

    Silver said this during a statement about the MVP Award renaming,“Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game. He always relished the opportunity to compete with the best of the best and perform at the highest level for millions of fans around the world.”

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    PowerPlay Wrote:

    The NBA All-Star game is just about to kick off. This year we have Team Lebron James vs. Team Giannis Antetokounmpo. This is one I'm actually pretty excited to watch. No only are both teams super stacked, but there's I'm also looking forward to the new format. This year each of the 3 quarters will basically it's own game, with the score getting set back at zero at the beginning of the second and third quarters. I'm looking forward to seeing how that plays out on the court.

    New format is interesting. Sorta reminds me of the way NASCAR races are done, with multiple stages. So how do they decide the winner, is it like NASCAR where you add up all the points and weight them a certain way or is it done differently?

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    Dallasite Wrote:

    So how do they decide the winner, is it like NASCAR where you add up all the points and weight them a certain way or is it done differently?

    Good article on this - The new 2020 NBA All-Star Game format fixed it completely. Here's the exert that answers your question from it:

    What changed?

    The new format was a little confusing on paper, but made sense in reality. The score was reset after each quarter, and the team that won each frame received a $100,000 charity bonus. Team LeBron won the first quarter, Team Giannis took the second, and the third ended in a thrilling tie.

    Then, the fun happened. The total score of the game at the end of three quarters was 133-124 in favor of Team Giannis. Rather than having a traditional 12-minute game clock, the two teams played to 157 — 24 more points than the leading team, a tribute to Kobe Bryant.