2010 NBA Slam Dunk Contest
In its 26th year, the NBA All-Star dunk contest got a first this season: it's first three-time champion. Knicks guard Nate Robinson (left), who is listed at only 5-foot-9, defeated Raptors' rookie DeMar DeRozan in the finals to claim his third dunk-contest trophy. <br><br>Here are some of the best shots from Saturday's contest in Dallas.
Nate "The Great" Robinson may be a three-time dunk champion, but his last trophy didn't come easy. After his second dunk -- he threw the ball off the backboard, grabbed it and turned in midair for a two-handed backward slam -- the Knicks guard managed to squeak by DeMar DeRozan with 51 percent of fan votes.
Of course, being the showman that he is, Robinson had to celebrate his final dunk with the hometown Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.
In addition to Robinson's trifecta, DeRozan gave the NBA another first: the first Dunk-In winner. He beat out the Clippers' Eric Gordon in the inaugural Slam Dunk-In Contest on Friday to earn a spot in Saturday's contest.
DeRozan advanced to the finals after getting a perfect score of 50 on his second dunk of the first round.
Hoping he would provide an extra spark, Shannon Brown brought out injured Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant to assist one of his dunks.
But even with Kobe, Brown didn't make it past the first round.
Nicknamed "Crash," Bobcats' forward Gerald Wallace struggled to nail some of the high-flying dunks he's known for in Charlotte.
Along with Shannon Brown, he failed to make it past the first round.