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NBA All-Star game gets spicy with $500k on the line for charity

East meets West in Texas next year with 500,000 clams up for grabs.

Kevin Durant and LeBron James compete in the 2012 All-Star game.
Kevin Durant and LeBron James compete in the 2012 All-Star game.
Image: AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

THE 2013 NBA ALL-STAR game has been given a dollop a reality as the Eastern and Western Conference will now be competing for $500,000 in charity loot.

The league confirmed that the captain of the East and West teams will designate what charity his team is playing for, with some nudging assistance from the NBA and game sponsor State Farm.

Rival conferences will earn points based on the results of the night’s four events — Shooting Stars, Skills Challenge, the 3-point and the slam dunk contest.

The winning conference gets $350,000 for its charities and the runner-up gets $150,000. The money is being donated by NBA Cares and State Farm.

West overcame East 152-149 in the 2012 All-Star game.

Kevin Durant drained 36 points and took home the MVP in a game that favoured attacking abandon over defensive structure.


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