The NBA All-Star Game will see drastic changes this year, in part to honor Kobe Bryant.
Instead of the traditional four-quarter contest, each of the first three quarters will act as sort of mini games. Whichever team wins the quarter will win $100,000 to award to charity. The scores will reset after the second and third, and if there’s a tie, the money will go into the next quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the cumulative score from the first three quarters will come back. The teams will then play to a “target score” to determine a winner. The number will be plus-24 of the team that’s ahead, an homage to Bryant’s No. 24.
The goal is to make the game more competitive and altogether, $500,000 for charity is up for grabs. The proceeds will go to charities in the Chicago area, where the 2020 game will take place on Feb. 16.
There will also be several tributes to Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the seven other victims of the helicopter crash that occurred Sunday.
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