PHOENIX — David beat Goliath in the Slam Dunk Competition. Now it could be off to the see “The King.”
Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks captured All-Star Saturday Night’s premier event for the second time, winning over the fan’s vote in the final round to upstage defending champion Dwight Howard, who dug deep into the NBA’s prop closet for the second straight year.
“It was a lot of fun,” Howard said. “Everybody expected so much from last year but all around we had a lot of fun.
“The shorter man will win in a dunk contest because it looks real hard for him and easy for me. The better man won tonight. He had the crowd into it and I am happy for him.”
Listed generously at 5-9, Robinson literally hurdled the 7-foot Howard, who stood in front of the basket as his counterpart sprung over the top for a thunderous flush. Robinson’s first dunk of the final round was a less impressive reverse of a self-lob.
“Dwight was a great sport letting me dunk over him,” 2006 champ Robinson said of the Orlando Magic center.