How to watch the NBA HORSE Challenge on ESPN

ESPN will televise an NBA HORSE tournament — a single-elimination shooting competition — beginning on Sunday, April 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. ET. The semifinals and championship of the NBA HORSE Challenge will air April 16, beginning at 9 p.m. ET, also on ESPN and streaming on the ESPN App.

The contest will include NBA stars Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls. WNBA stars will also participate, including Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings, along with NBA alumni Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce.

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First-round matchups

  • Trae Young vs. Chauncey Billups

  • Tamika Catchings vs. Mike Conley

  • Zach LaVine vs. Paul Pierce

  • Chris Paul vs. Allie Quigley


  • First round: April 12, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

  • Semifinals: April 16, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN

  • Championship: April 16, 11 p.m. ET on ESPN

How it works

All games will be filmed while competing at home locations — on indoor or outdoor courts — and compete shot-for-shot in the traditional playground game.

A coin toss will establish the shooting order for the players, with the more senior player calling heads or tails. Players must describe each shot attempt, specifying the type of score they intend to make before taking a shot, such as a bank shot or swish. Dunking is prohibited. The first player in each game to accumulate the letters “H-O-R-S-E” after failing to match five shots is eliminated.

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