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Team LeBron vs Team Durant: what are the scoring rules in the All-Star game?

The NBA All-Star Game will once again feature an untimed fourth quarter with a Final Target Score set in homage to Kobe Bryant, using his 24 jersey number.

The NBA All-Star Game will once again feature an untimed fourth quarter with a Final Target Score set in homage to Kobe Bryant, using his 24 jersey number.
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The NBA All-Star Game, featuring Team LeBron vs Team Durant, takes place this evening, Sunday 20 February, and will once again feature the scoring rules put in place since the 2020 edition, and which pay homage to Kobe Bryant.

Final Target Score in fourth quarter at All-Star Game

The All-Star Game scoring is based on an untimed fourth quarter, with a Final Target Score, with the winner of the match being the first team to reach or pass the Final Target Score.

The Final Target Score is set by taking the leading team’s score after the first three quarters and adding 24 points, those 24 points representing Kobe Bryant’s jersey number for the final 10 seasons of his NBA career.

As an example, if the teams’ scores are Team LeBron 100-95 Team Durant at the end of the third quarter the Final Target Score will be set at 124, meaning Team LeBron need to score 24 points to win, while Team Durant would need to score 29 points to win in the fourth quarter, which is untimed and runs until there is a winner.

The first three quarters are each 12 minutes long, and for each quarter the score is reset to 0-0, meaning each team is vying to win each quarter, but for the final quarter the total scores for each of the three initial quarters are added together.

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New All-Star Game format introduced in 2020

The untimed fourth quarter with a Final Target Score was introduced in 2020. Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in January 2020.

Team LeBron won the first All-Star Game with the Final Target Score format, beating Team Giannis 157 to 155. Team LeBron also won last year’s game, beating Team Durant 170 to 150.

LeBron James is set to play in his 18th All-Star Game this evening, tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the overall record. James will have played in every single All-Star game since 2004-05 provided he plays.

Elam ending

The NBA All-Star Game scoring rule for the fourth quarter is what's known as an Elam Ending, aiming to reach a pre-determined score to win the match. The idea was created by Nick Elam, a professor of educational leadership at Ball State University.

He came up with the idea after watching a college basketball game grind out to a boring finish, deciding it would be more exciting to have the teams chase down a set score to up the intensity and excitement. And so in 2007 he came up with the Elam Ending, which was adopted by the All-Star Game in 2020.

All-Star, all for charity

Tonight’s game will see a total of $750,000 give to two charitable beneficiaries, with Team Durant playing for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Team LeBron representing Kent State I Promise Scholars Program.


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