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Knicks' Robinson Soars Over Howard for Slam Dunk Title

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"Dwight was a great sport letting me dunk over him," said the 5-foot-9 Nate Robinson, who also won the slam-dunk title in 2006. (Reuters) (Lucy Nicholson - Reuters)

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By Andrew Bagnato
Associated Press
Saturday, February 14, 2009; 11:44 PM

PHOENIX -- Call him Krypto-Nate.

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Nate Robinson tugged on Superman's cape -- and won.

The diminutive New York Knicks guard beat defending champion Dwight Howard of Orlando in an electrifying slam dunk contest on Saturday night, winning 52 percent of fans' votes.

Clad in an all-green Knicks uniform with green shoes, Robinson used Howard as a prop in the final round, springboarding over the 6-foot-11 center to jam.

"Dwight was a great sport letting me dunk over him," said the 5-foot-9 Robinson, who also won in 2006.

Howard, who scored a perfect 50 on both of his first-round dunks, performed the most theatrical dunk of the night in the first round.

He disappeared into a phone booth just off the court, emerging with a Superman cape.

Howard waved his arms to the crowd as an 11-foot basket was wheeled onto the floor. Howard took a bounce pass from teammate Jameer Nelson and tomahawked a dunk as U.S. Airways Center exploded.

Robinson had fired up fans by leaping off the back of teammate Wilson Chandler, who crouched on all fours in the lane, and jamming, drawing applause from longtime Knicks fan Spike Lee.

"I got the championship back to New York City," Robinson said.

Portland's Rudy Fernandez and Denver's J.R. Smith were eliminated in the first round.

Earlier, Miami's Daequan Cook connected over and over again when the 3-Point Shootout went to an extra session.


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