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LeBron, Giannis choose their teams for the All-Star Game

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Cary Erickson | 15 February, 2020, 11:50

ONCE again it's LeBron James going up against Giannis Antetokounmpo as the NBA All-Star Game captains.

The Lakers' Anthony Davis was selected by James with the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA All-Star Draft.

When they got into the reserves, Antetokounmpo opened with Milwaukee Buck's teammate Khris Middleton and James chose Portland's Damian Lillard.

The NBA All-Star game in Chicago takes place on February 16. James, the top overall finisher in fan voting, was awarded the first pick in the first round.

Also on team Giannis: Miami's Bam Adebayo, Utah defensive standout Rudy Gobert and Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell, Miami's Jimmy Butler, Toronto's Kyle Lowry and Brandon Ingram of New Orleans.

James also selected Damian Lillard from Portland, Ben Simmons from Philadelphia, Russell Westbrook from Houston, Nikola Jokic from Denver, Jayson Tatum from Boston, Chris Paul from Oklahoma City and Domantas Sabonis from IN on his team. And when the third quarter ends, 24 will be added to the score of the team that is leading and the first team to reach that number in an untimed fourth quarter will be declared the victor.

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"There's no wrong choice", James said.

James honored his late friend and Laker legend Kobe Bryant by wearing a black sweatshirt with two hearts including a yellow one with Bryant's No. 8 and No. 24 inside it and a No. 2 inside a white heart representing Bryant's daughter Gianna.

James wants to play 3-0 as captain of All-Star, after his team defeated the team chosen by Stephen Curry of Golden State in 2018 and topped the copy that Antetokounmpo had chosen past year. "We are all all-stars, they are all all-stars for a reason".

Team LeBron players all wear number 2 on their jerseys, the number Gianna Bryant wore on her school basketball team. And all participants in the All-Star weekend wear a patch with nine stars, in memory of the nine victims. The new format will also showcase each quarter as a mini-game for charity before an un-timed quarter with a target score that will decide the victor. The scores are reset after the first and second quarter and the scores are added after the third quarter.

As part of the new format for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, the two teams will compete to win each quarter for their designated charities.

The James team plays in favor of Chicago Scholars, which helps children try to become first-generation students.