NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James and others praise Elam Ending format after thrilling finish – CBS Sports

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Fans couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. For the first time in years, the players involved seemed to truly care about the outcome of the game, and one of the biggest reasons for that appears to have been the new Elam Ending format. With a target score of 157 set at the end of the third quarter, both teams furiously raced to the finish with Team LeBron ultimately landing on top, 157-155, after a nine-point comeback. The reviews have been universally positive from those who watched the game, but what about those who played it in?

Unsurprisingly, the players involved were all big fans. LeBron James was the first player to voice his approval after the game. 

“I didn’t know what to expect because it was a new format, new year. None of us knew what to expect. But throughout the whole fourth quarter and at the end of the game, everybody was like, ‘That was pretty damn fun.’

That was fun. Having to play for a set number and seeing that — I’ve watched a lot of basketball in the summertime, and I forgot the name of the league where the guys, you know, their alma mater, they go back and play for their teams and things of that nature, they have a set number they have to get to that, that $2 million championship tourna

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