The New York Knicks’ Nate Robinson became the first three-time slam dunk champion on Saturday (February 13), beating out Toronto rookie DeMar DeRozen in the final round.
Don’t expect another go at the title though, because the 5’9″ guard said three’s enough.
“No, no, no, no, no. I don’t think I can bear that anymore. I’m just happy with this third one,” Robinson said after being presented with the Sprite Slam Dunk trophy. “This is the last one.”
Robinson won the dunk title as a rookie in 2006, then beat Dwight Howard to win again last year.
This year, however, wasn’t the easiest task for him. He barely won, garnering 51% of the fan vote, via text messages, to hold the young DeRozan off.
The contest, itself, was pretty boring, in our opinion. Aside from DeRozan’s second dunk of the first round — where his teammate threw the ball off the side of the backboard with DeRozan catching and hammering down a tomahawk jam, earning him a perfect score — the dunks we saw Saturday made us yawn.
The final dunk — that gave Robinson the win, narrowly — was an off the backboard toss, which he grabbed and turned midair for a two-handed backward slam.
The Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace and the Lakers’ Shannon Brown were eliminated in the first round.
While Robinson reigned as dunk champ for the evening, the Celtic’s Paul Pierce was busy winning the 3-point Shootout.
He won with 20 points in the final round, thanks to draining all five 2-point money balls, beating out Golden State rookie Stephen Curry with 17 and Denver’s Chauncey Billups with 14.
Pierce competed in the Shootout in 2002, but scored just eight points. He made up for it this year.
Finally, Phoenix Suns superstar Steve Nash was a winner Saturday night as well, beating a young crop of guards to win another Skills Challenge title.
At age 36, Nash earned a time of 29.9 seconds in the final round of the obstacle course-like skills competition, beating out 2008 champion Deron Williams of Utah.