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ORLANDO, Fla. — Minnesota forward Kevin Love won the 3-point Shootout during the NBA’s All-Star Saturday festivities.
Love was consistent throughout, but had to survive a tiebreaker in the first round and sweat out the last few shots from Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant to pull out the 17-14 victory in the final.
Love tied for third in Round 1 with 18, along with Miami’s Mario Chalmers, but beat him 5-4 in a tiebreaker. Defending champion James Jones led all shooters in the opening round with 22 and Durant was next with 20.
Orlando’s Ryan Anderson just missed eliminating both Love and Chalmers, totaling 17 after missing his final 2-point money ball.
Love and Durant both had 16 in Round 2 to advance to the finals, with Jones posting 12.
●DUNK CONTEST: Utah’s Jeremy Evans won the Slam Dunk Contest at the NBA’s All-Star Saturday night festivities.
Evans, who got into the competition as a replacement for injured New York guard Iman Shumpert, earned 29 percent of 3 million text message votes cast by fans.
This was the first year that fans had total control of voting, a major tweak from past competitions.
Evans earned the win over Houston’s Chase Budinger, Indiana’s Paul George and Minnesota’s Derrick Williams.
Evans dunked with a camera on his head, dunked two basketballs while jumping over a seated assistant and then donned a Karl Malone jersey while dunking over mailman-dressed comedian Kevin Hart.
This year’s contest lasted three rounds, but the four participants had only two minutes per round to complete a single dunk.
●SKILLS CHALLENGE: San Antonio point guard Tony Parker won the Skills Competition of the NBA’s All-Star Saturday night festivities.
Parker was the only one ofsix participants to break 30 seconds in the first round (29.2) and this time of 32.8 in the final run on the obstacle course was better than Boston’s Rajon Rondo (34.6) and New Jersey’s Deron Williams (41.4).
Williams won the competition in 2008, which involves participants moving through a dribbling circuit, successfully throwing chest passes through a hanging tire and driving for a layup.
●SHOOTING STARS: Team New York had the touch from outside and won the Shooting Stars event to open the NBA’s All-Star Saturday night festivities.
Former Knicks star Allan Houston nailed his third attempt at a half-court shot to give his team consisting of current Knicks guard Landry Fields and Cappie Pondexter of the WNBA’s New York Liberty the victory.
The winner completed the shooting course in 37.3 seconds in the final round. It was better than the 47.6 posted by the Team Texas trio of former Houston Rockets star and TNT analyst Kenny Smith, current Rocket Chandler Parsons and Sophia Young of the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Team Orlando and Atlanta posted the slowest times of Round 1 and were eliminated.
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