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Robinson wins another dunk title; Pierce tops 3-point shooters

DALLAS — New York's Nate Robinson is the NBA's first three-time slam dunk champion.

Robinson barely won another title during Saturday night's All-Star festivities, garnering 51 percent of the fan vote to hold off Toronto rookie DeMar DeRozan, who advanced to the final round after getting a perfect score of 50 on his second dunk of the first round.

The final dunk for the 5-foot-9 Robinson came when he threw the ball off the backboard, grabbed it and turned midair for a two-handed backward slam.

Robinson was joined on the court for the final round by several Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, though they weren't used as props for any of his dunks.

"They're way too beautiful for that," Robinson said. "I just wanted them to stand over there and cheer."

After his final slam, Robinson celebrated by grabbing a pair of silver and blue pompoms from one of them and waving them in the air.

DeRozan got a spot in the competition by winning the first-ever All-Star Slam Dunk-In, beating Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Gordon at halftime of the rookie challenge on Friday night.

Charlotte's Gerald Wallace and Shannon Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated after the first round in Saturday night's marquee event.

DeRozan got into the final round after recording a 50 when he caught a pass off the side of the backboard and slammed it with his right hand on the other side of the hoop.

The five 10s came from a judging panel that included former dunk champions Spud Webb and Dominique Wilkins. The 5-foot-7 Webb, a Dallas native, won the event the only other time it was held in his hometown in 1986.

Fan voting determined the winner after Robinson and DeRozan both dunked twice in the final round.

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

3-POINT SHOOTOUT:

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 during the NBA's All-Star festivities Saturday night, proving his lackluster performance the last time he was in the competition was an aberration.

"I wanted this really bad," Pierce said after celebrating with teammate Kevin Garnett, who was sitting courtside. "They don't look at me as a shooter, but more of a scorer."

Pierce scored 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).

When Pierce last competed in the Shootout in 2002, he scored only eight points — what he called leading into this week's competition "almost a record low."

Defending 3-point champion Daequan Cook of Miami was eliminated after the first round. His 15 points were the same as Phoenix's Channing Frye and New York's Danilo Gallinari. Curry had 18 points in the first round, while Pierce and Billups had 17.

Saturday night's events were at the American Airlines Center, but Sunday's All-Star game will be at Cowboys Stadium, where more than 90,000 people are expected to attend.

SHOOTING STARS:

Hometown favorite Dirk Nowitzki hit a shot from halfcourt to cap Team Texas' victory in the Shooting Stars competition in the opening event of Saturday night's NBA All-Star festivities.

Texas, which also consisted of San Antonio Silver Stars player Becky Hammon and former Houston guard Kenny Smith, beat Team Los Angeles with a time of 34.3 in the finals. The Texas trio needed 13 shots to complete the final round.

Lakers All-Star Pau Gasol, former NBA player Brent Barry and Marie Ferdinand-Harris of the Los Angeles Sparks came in second, finishing in 55.2 seconds.

Los Angeles hit its first five shots in the finals in less than 30 seconds, but only had a couple of chances from halfcourt to beat Texas' time.

Atlanta (Joe Johnson, former Hawks guard Steve Smith and Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream) and Sacramento (Tyreke Evans, former All-Star Chris Webber and former Sacrameno Monarchs player Nicole Powell) were eliminated in the first round.

Texas completed the first round in 1:28 and Los Angeles finished in 1 minute.

Three-person teams have to hit a total of six shots from different locations on the floor, culminating with a shot from halfcourt.

All-time NBA Slam Dunk champions

2010—Nate Robinson, New York

2009—Nate Robinson, New York

2008—Dwight Howard, Orlando

2007—Gerald Green, Boston

2006—Nate Robinson, New York

2005—Josh Smith, Atlanta

2004—Fred Jones, Indiana

2003—Jason Richardson, Golden State

2002—Jason Richardson, Golden State

2001—Desmond Mason, Seattle

2000—Vince Carter, Toronto

1999—No competition

1998—No competition

1997—Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers

1996—Brent Barry, L.A. Clippers

1995—Harold Miner, Miami

1994—Isaiah Rider, Minnesota

1993—Harold Miner, Miami

1992—Cedric Ceballos, Phoenix

1991—Dee Brown, Boston

1990—Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta

1989—Kenny Walker, New York

1988—Michael Jordan, Chicago

1987—Michael Jordan, Chicago

1986—Spud Webb, Atlanta

1985—Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta

1984—Larry Nance, Phoenix