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There will be added incentive on the line in an effort to improve the level of competition at the NBA All-Star Game, according to a report.
Chris Haynes of ESPN reported each player on the winning team of the game will earn $100,000 — an increase of $50,000 from previous years — with the players on the losing squad will receive $25,000.
The two teams will also play for a local charity.
The NBA changed the format of the All-Star Game this season, moving from its traditional format of Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference.
The top vote-getters in each conference — LeBron James of Cleveland and Stephen Curry of Golden State — were named captains and held a draft to choose sides, playground style, from the pool of players named All-Stars.
The hope is the new format, combined with the additional financial incentive, will boost the competitive level of the game, which has noticeably waned in recent seasons.
All-Star Weekend will be held Feb. 16-18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, with the All-Star Game being played Feb. 18.