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NBA changes 2020 All-Star Game format, adds Kobe Bryant tribute

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On Thursday, the NBA announced major changes to the All-Star format.

The NBA is planning to turn every quarter into a mini-game for charity. Scores will be reset — back to 0-0 — at the start of the second and third quarters, then restored to begin the fourth quarter.

That’s where the tribute to Bryant and the No. 24 jersey he wore for the last decade of his NBA career comes into play. The team that wins the All-Star Game will be the first to reach a target score, determined by the total points the team in the lead scored in the first three quarters combined — plus 24. For example, if the score is 100-95 at that point, then the team that wins the All-Star Game will be the first to reach 124.

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The NBA said there will be multiple tributes to Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and the seven others who lost their lives in Sunday’s helicopter crash throughout the 2020 All-Star weekend that takes place in Chicago.