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What channel is the NBA All-Star Game on today? Time, rosters & rules for Team LeBron vs. Team Durant



Things can change quickly in the NBA, huh?

Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic — and some strong objections from players — the league pushed to quickly finalize All-Star Game plans after it was initially assumed no such festivities would take place in 2021. Now the NBA’s biggest names have been brought to Atlanta for what should be a truly unique All-Star experience.

So get ready, basketball fans. Team LeBron and Team Durant will soon hit the court at State Farm Arena.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, including including the start time, TV channel and an explanation of this year’s format.

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What channel is the NBA All-Star Game on today?

  • TV channel: TNT
  • Live stream: Watch TNT

The 2021 All-Star Game will be broadcast live on TNT with coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET. You can also stream the game via the Watch TNT app.

What time does the NBA All-Star Game start?

  • Date: Sunday, March 7
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET

The 2021 NBA All-Star Game will start at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 7. The Slam Dunk Contest will serve as the halftime entertainment for those watching the All-Star Game. 

NBA All-Star Game format, explained

Team LeBron and Team Durant will compete to win each of the first three quarters of the game. Those quarters will be the standard 12 minutes but start with a 0-0 score. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the game clock will be turned off and a final target score will be set based on the leading team’s cumulative score through the first three quarters. That target score will be the leading team’s total score plus 24 points.

The NBA decided to incorporate 24 points into the target score to honor Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020. The 18-time All-Star wore the No. 24 from the 2006-07 season through 2015-16.

Once the target score is finalized, Team LeBron and Team Durant will play the untimed fourth quarter, and the first team to reach the target score will win the game.

An example: If the cumulative score through three quarters is 100-95 in favor of Team LeBron, the target score would be 124. Team LeBron would only need to score 24 points in order to win, while Team Durant would need to score 29 points. The results of the previous three quarters are simply based on the individual scores of those quarters.

The winner of each of the first three quarters will receive $150,000 (a total of $450,000) for an organization that provides scholarship funding for students attending historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The overall winning team will earn $300,000.

Team LeBron will play for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and Team Durant will play for the United Negro College Fund. Each organization will receive an initial contribution of $500,000, and a total of $1.75 million will be spread between the two.

NBA All-Star rosters 2021

Team LeBron

Pick Player Team
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo* Bucks
2. Stephen Curry* Warriors
3. Luka Doncic* Mavericks
4. Nikola Jokic* Nuggets
5. Damian Lillard Trail Blazers
6. Ben Simmons 76ers
7. Chris Paul Suns
8. Jaylen Brown Celtics
9. Paul George Clippers
10. Domantas Sabonis Pacers
11. Rudy Gobert Jazz

*All-Star starters

Team Durant

Pick Player Team
1. Kyrie Irving* Nets
2. Joel Embiid* 76ers
3. Kawhi Leonard* Clippers
4. Bradley Beal* Wizards
5. Jayson Tatum** Celtics
6. James Harden Nets
7. Devin Booker*** Suns
8. Zion Williamson Pelicans
9. Zach LaVine Bulls
10. Julius Randle Knicks
11. Nikola Vucevic Magic
12. Donovan Mitchell Jazz
Mike Conley*** Jazz

*All-Star starters
**Tatum elevated to starter with Durant out (hamstring injury)
***Conley named replacement with Booker out (knee injury)

2021 NBA All-Star Draft complete order

Pick Player Team
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo Bucks
2. Kyrie Irving Nets
3. Stephen Curry Warriors
4. Joel Embiid 76ers
5. Luka Doncic Mavericks
6. Kawhi Leonard Clippers
7. Nikola Jokic Nuggets
8. Bradley Beal Wizards
9. Jayson Tatum Celtics
10. James Harden Nets
11. Damian Lillard Trail Blazers
12. Devin Booker Suns
13. Ben Simmons 76ers
14. Zion Williamson Pelicans
15. Chris Paul Suns
16. Zach LaVine Bulls
17. Jaylen Brown Celtics
18. Julius Randle Knicks
19. Paul George Clippers
20. Nikola Vucevic Magic
21. Domantas Sabonis Pacers
22. Donovan Mitchell Jazz
23. Rudy Gobert Jazz
Mike Conley Jazz





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