NBA All-Star Game 2023: What is the Elam Ending?

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores against Jonas Valanciunas #17 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half at Crypto.com Arena on February 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores against Jonas Valanciunas #17 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half at Crypto.com Arena on February 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /
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Today, the NBA’s top players will come together for the annual NBA All-Star Game, a spectacle that is always a favorite among fans.

The players for each team are selected through a combination of fan voting, player voting, and coach selection. The All-Star Game is known for its high-scoring nature and lack of defense, as players often prioritize putting on a show for the fans over playing actual defense.

Essentially, the NBA All-Star Game is a fun and exciting event that celebrates the league’s top talent. It is a chance for fans to see their favorite players on the court together and for players to show off their skills and have fun in a relaxed environment.

While the points in the game do matter and help determine the winner, the way in which a winner is crowned actually varies a bit from your usual NBA game. You see, rather than playing four quarters and the winner simply being the team with the most points at the end of the final buzzer. The NBA All-Star Game winner is determined using an Elam Ending.

What is an Elam Ending in the NBA All-Star Game?

In the NBA All-Star Game, there are four quarters just as there are in your standard NBA regular season goal. The first three quarters of the game will all be your standard 12-minute quarters with the teams working to put as many points up on the board during this time as possible. During these quarters, the points team who puts up the most points in the quarter will money for their team’s charity with LeBron James’ team playing for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah and  Giannis Antetokounmpo’s team playing for Raise the Future.

It’s in the fourth quarter that the Elam Ending comes into play and where things begin to look a bit different than in your normal NBA game. You see, rather than playing the quarter out and battling to put the most points up before the final buzzer, the teams will instead be playing to a target score.

To determine the Elam Ending score, the NBA takes the leading team’s points to total from across the first three quarters and adds 24 points. The first team to then hit that total will win the game, with the clock becoming irrelevant as it’s all about the first to the targeted score rather than the time it takes them to hit the score.

For example, say the leading team has scored 100 points by the time the first three quarters are over. You would add 24 to that total, giving you 124 points, meaning the winner of the game would be the first team to reach 124 points in the fourth quarter.

What is the Elam Ending for the 2023 NBA-All Star Game?

The Elam Ending for the 2023 NBA All-Star Game will be determined following the first three quarters of play. The exact Elam Ending for the game will be revealed as the game unfolds given the Elam Ending is determined by the number of points scored by the leading team in those three quarters.

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