The 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago was absolutely epic. Team LeBron outlasted
Team Giannis 157-155 with a game-winning free throw from Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis. But it was the NBA’s format for the game that has the basketball world buzzing. At the end of the third quarter, 24 points — in honor of the No. 24 jersey worn by the late Kobe Bryant
— were added to the leading team’s score. And the first squad to reach the target score of 157 won the game. The result of the new rules was simple. In crunch time, them boys were out there hoopin’ for real! With 30 points, after shooting 8-for-14 from 3-point range, Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers was presented with the first Kobe Bryant MVP Award, renamed in honor of Bryant
, who died in a helicopter crash
on Jan. 26, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. Bryant’s presence was felt throughout the weekend, heading into the Lakers legend’s memorial service in Los Angeles — fittingly to be held on Feb. 24.