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Monday, Feb. 15, 2010

Robinson collects third slam dunk title

DALLAS (AP) Nate Robinson is the NBA's first three-time slam dunk champion, and that's enough for him. The 175-cm New York Knicks guard says he's done with the marquee event of Saturday night's All-Star festivities.

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Nate Robinson

"No, no, no, no, no. I don't think I can bear that anymore. I'm just happy with this third one," he said. "This is the last one."

Robinson barely won another title, garnering 51 percent of the fan vote to hold off Toronto rookie DeMar DeRozan in a largely forgettable Slam Dunk Contest.

DeRozan advanced to the final round after getting a perfect score of 50 on his second dunk of the first round.

After bringing several Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders on the court with him, Robinson's final dunk came when he threw the ball off the backboard, grabbed it and turned midair for a two-handed backward slam.

"The best thing I brought with me, the Dallas cheerleaders, of course," Robinson said. "I asked if they could help me out with the dunk. They did their job and I did mine."

Fan voting determined the final round after DeRozan advanced by getting five 10s from a judging panel that included former dunk champions Spud Webb and Dominique Wilkins. Webb won the event the only other time it was held in his hometown in 1986.

Robinson won the dunk title as a rookie in 2006, then beat Dwight Howard to win again last year.

While Robinson reigned again, Boston's Paul Pierce arrived for All-Star weekend wanting to make up for an embarrassing performance.

Consider it done.

Pierce won the 3-Point Shootout, proving his lackluster performance the last time he was in the competition was an aberration.

Pierce had 20 points in the final round, making all five of the 2-point money balls, to beat Golden State's Stephen Curry (17) and Denver's Chauncey Billups (14).

Phoenix guard Steve Nash also was a winner, beating a trio of 20-somethings to capture another Skills Challenge title six days after he turned 36.

With a time of 29.9 seconds in the final round of the obstacle course-like skills competition, Nash beat Utah's Deron Williams.



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