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Tamika Catchings, Chris Paul headline 1st NBA HORSE Challenge

Basketball makes its return Sunday night — sort of.
Indiana Fever's Tamika Catchings smiles as she walks off the court after the Fever’s victory over the Minnesota Lynx in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals basketball series, in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Fresh off her Hall of Fame selection, Tamika Catchings is taking part in the first-ever NBA HORSE Challenge.

The Indiana Fever legend will be joined by Chauncey Billups, Lawrence North graduate Mike Conley Jr., Zach LaVine, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Allie Quigley and Trae Young in the friendly competition airing on ESPN.

The competition begins with the quarterfinals on Sunday, April 12 from 7-9 p.m.

The eight players have been split into two groups:

  • Group 1:
    • Trae Young vs. Chauncey Billups
    • Tamika Catchings vs. Mike Conley Jr.
  • Group 2:
    • Zach LaVine vs. Paul Pierce
    • Chris Paul vs. Allie Quigley

The winners of the two games in each group will meet in the semifinals, with the winner from each group advancing to the championship game. The semifinals and championship game will air on ESPN Thursday, April 16 from 9-11 p.m.

HORSE is a basketball shooting game where players take turns shooting from different locations. 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 not allowed in this competition. The first player in each game to accumulate the letters “H-O-R-S-E” after failing to match five shots is eliminated.

State Farm will donate more than $200,000 on behalf of the participants to charities focused on coronavirus response efforts, building on the more than $74 million that has been contributed by the NBA Family to date to support coronavirus relief efforts through its NBA Together campaign.