Young outshines Simmons, Clippers honour Lakers legend Bryant

That means the NBA All-Star game will end in walk-off fashion.

The NBA said in a statement the changes were "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".

For the first time ever, the 2020 All-Star Game will be broken into a series of mini-games in which teams can raise money for Chicago-area charities.

The NBA has announced some major changes to the format of the NBA All-Star Game this year, and one of those changes will pay tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.

At the end of the third quarter, the cumulative scores will be calculated and a "target score", which will be 24 points greater than the leading team's tally, will be set for the fourth and final period.

The other starters from Western Conference teams are Lakers power forward Anthony Davis (seventh selection), Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (fourth), Rockets guard James Harden (eighth) and first-time All-Star guard Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks.

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Recently, a video of the two of them went viral as he seemed to break down a game they were attending. Before Saturday, he was third on the NBA's All-Time scoring list before LeBron James passed him.

Booker may be overlooked this season, but his numbers continue to climb and only time will tell until the league notices what they've been missing - a Phoenix Sun playing in an All-Star game for the first time since Steve Nash in 2012.

The target score idea has been in the works for a while as the National Basketball Association seeks ways to make the All-Star Game more competitive, but National Basketball Association president of league operations Byron Spruell said the tragic events of this week determined what the target number would be.

That is the highest number of all-stars that appeared for the first time in a decade.

In each of the quarters, Team Giannis and Team LeBron will compete for money for Chicago-based community organizations of their choosing. For the fourth quarter, both teams' scores will be tallied up through the first three quarters (like a typical game) and the game clock will be turned off.

Simmons will join Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Kris Middleton, Kyle Lowry, Jayson Tatum and Domantas Sabonis as reserves for Team Giannis (Eastern Conference).

  • Lawrence Cooper