NBA All-Star Game format, explained: What to know about new 2020 rules, tribute to Kobe Bryant

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Unlike previous versions of the NBA All-Star Game, every quarter will matter in this year's contest.

When captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo meet for the 2020 All-Star Game on Sunday (8 p.m. ET, TNT), their teams could be bringing a little more intensity to the floor than usual. With a new format in place, the league is hoping to increase the level of competition and give fans a more exciting exhibition.

How will the All-Star Game play out? Here's a breakdown of the 2020 format so you can avoid any confusion during the live broadcast.

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NBA All-Star Game format, explained

What are the rule changes for the 2020 All-Star Game?

Team Giannis and Team LeBron will compete to win each of the first three quarters of the game. Those quarters will be the standard 12 minutes but start with a 0-0 score. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the game clock will be turned off and a final target score will be set based on the leading team's cumulative score through the first three quarters. That target score will be the leading team's total score plus 24 points.

Once the target score is finalized, Team Giannis and Team LeBron will play the untimed fourth quarter, and the first team to reach the target score will win the game.

How does the NBA All-Star format work?

If the cumulative score through three quarters is 100-95 in favor of Team LeBron, the target score would be 124. Team LeBron would only need to score 24 points in order to win, while Team Giannis would need to score 29 points. The results of the previous three quarters are simply based on the individual scores of those quarters.

How does the All-Star Game honor Kobe Bryant?

The NBA decided to incorporate 24 points into the target score to honor Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. The 18-time All-Star wore the No. 24 from the 2006-07 season through 2015-16.

Why is winning each quarter important?

The winner of each of the first three quarters will receive $100,000 (a total of $300,000) for a Chicago-based community organization. The overall winning team will earn $200,000.

OK, so what about ties?

If the first or second quarter ends in a tie, the charity money for that quarter will be rolled over to the next quarter. If the third quarter ends in a tie, then the charity money will be added to the total for the winner of the game.

Will the NBA use this All-Star format moving forward?

The league has not released an official statement on the status of the All-Star Game beyond 2020.

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NBA All-Star rosters 2020

Team LeBron

Pick

Player

Team

1.

Anthony Davis*

Lakers

2.

Kawhi Leonard*

Clippers

3.

Luka Doncic*

Mavericks

4.

James Harden*

Rockets

5.

Damian Lillard**

Trail Blazers

6.

Ben Simmons

76ers

7.

Nikola Jokic

Nuggets

8.

Jayson Tatum

Celtics

9.

Chris Paul

Thunder

10.

Russell Westbrook

Rockets

11.

Domantas Sabonis

Pacers

Devin Booker**

Suns

*All-Star starters
**Booker named injury replacement for Lillard

Team Giannis

Pick

Player

Team

1.

Joel Embiid*

76ers

2.

Pascal Siakam*

Raptors

3.

Kemba Walker*

Celtics

4.

Trae Young*

Hawks

5.

Khris Middleton

Bucks

6.

Bam Adebayo

Heat

7.

Rudy Gobert

Jazz

8.

Jimmy Butler

Heat

9.

Kyle Lowry

Raptors

10.

Brandon Ingram

Pelicans

11.

Donovan Mitchell

Jazz

*All-Star starters

2020 NBA All-Star Draft complete order

Pick

Player

Team

1.

Anthony Davis

Lakers

2.

Joel Embiid

76ers

3.

Kawhi Leonard

Clippers

4.

Pascal Siakam

Raptors

5.

Luka Doncic

Mavericks

6.

Kemba Walker

Celtics

7.

James Harden

Rockets

8.

Trae Young

Hawks

9.

Khris Middleton

Bucks

10.

Damian Lillard**

Trail Blazers

11.

Bam Adebayo

Heat

12.

Ben Simmons

76ers

13.

Rudy Gobert

Jazz

14.

Nikola Jokic

Nuggets

15.

Jimmy Butler

Heat

16.

Jayson Tatum

Celtics

17.

Kyle Lowry

Raptors

18.

Chris Paul

Thunder

19.

Brandon Ingram

Pelicans

20.

Russell Westbrook

Rockets

21.

Donovan Mitchell

Jazz

22.

Domantas Sabonis

Pacers

Devin Booker**

Suns

**Booker named injury replacement for Lillard

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