That means the NBA All-Star game will end in walk-off fashion. A $100,000 donation will be made to the organization chosen by the winning team of each of the first three quarters.
That year, there were four such players: Antoine Walker, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant - the latter three of whom are eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, and will nearly certainly be announced as finalists for the Hall during All-Star Weekend.
For instance, if the cumulative score of the first three quarters is 100-95, the Final Target Score would be set at 124 points. The new format draws from The Basketball Tournament, where teams play to a set target score in the fourth quarter.
The other starters from Western Conference teams are Lakers power forward Anthony Davis (seventh selection), Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (fourth), Rockets guard James Harden (eighth) and first-time All-Star guard Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks.
The NBA is switching to a new format that will essentially turn each quarter into an individual game, with a total of $500,000 in charity donations riding on the outcome. The teams will then play an untimed fourth quarter and the first team to reach the Final Target Score will win the NBA All-Star Game.
After making his first All-Star appearance last season, Middleton will once again join teammate and All-Star Game captain Giannis Antetokounmpo for the second straight season as Bucks representatives at this year's All-Star Game.
More than $1 million will be contributed to Chicago community non-profit organizations through NBA Cares outreach efforts. If one team leads the entire way through, the losing team will still get $100,000 to donate to its charity, anyway.
Each of the first three quarters will be worth $100,000, and the money will roll over to the next quarter in the event of a tie. The All-Star draft will be on February 6 while the game itself will be on February 16. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel will also be coaching Team LeBron.
The 2020 NBA All-Star Game takes place on Sunday, February 16, at the United Center in Chicago.