CHARLOTTE, N.C., FEB. 9 -- Boston Celtics rookie guard Dee Brown pumped his way to the NBA slam-dunk championship tonight, beating Seattle SuperSonics forward Shawn Kemp in the final event before Sunday's All-Star Game.

Brown totaled 97.7 points in three final-round dunks, to Kemp's 93.7.

Brown, just 6 feet 1, had one of the more original dunks in this increasingly unoriginal competition, putting one basketball on the rim support and coming in with another for a double dunk. He missed his first try at it, but then made it work.

"It's great to do it for the organization," said Brown, not to mention for the firm whose specialty shoes he used, pumping air into them several times before each attempt.

"It was 10th grade when I was 14 or 15" that he started dunking, he said. "My hands were always big so I could palm a basketball."

"He got such high scores {in the final round} that it would have been hard for me to come back other than killing myself," Kemp said. "The way he dunked the last one at the end, you can't say that you're disappointed. I think that was one of the most incredible dunks there's been in the last few years."

Brown and Kemp made the finals by defeating Houston's Kenny Smith and crowd favorite Rex Chapman of the hometown Hornets.

Chicago's Craig Hodges successfully defended his three-point shooting title, putting on a display of marksmanship that set new standards for long-distance shotmaking.

The 6-foot-2 Hodges defeated Portland's Terry Porter 17-12 in the final, after hitting 19 straight from outside the arc in his semifinal round, breaking Larry Bird's record of 11 straight set in 1986.

Porter defeated Orlando rookie and former Flint Hill star Dennis Scott in the semifinals and thought he had a chance when Hodges didn't get untracked in the final round. Porter had won the toss and made Hodges shoot immediately after his semifinal round.

"When he had 17, I thought for sure I had him," Porter said. "I shot a lot of good racks in practice. In all those rounds I don't think I was lower than 13 in any one round and the rest of them were 17 or 18."

Brown and Hodges each won $20,000.

Chenier Zeroes Out

Phil Chenier knew better than to do it, but habit and instinct took over and he did it anyway. Tonight's NBA Legends game got to him.

"It was fun," said the former Bullet, who didn't score in the East's 41-34 victory over the West.

"It was frustrating in a lot of ways. First, I didn't do what I remember doing as a player. Number two, it did kind of get rough out there at the end. It seemed like they were just kind of letting everything go. People were grabbing and you lost the sense that it was a game; felt it was more of a joke."

Chenier was zero for two from the field and turned the ball over three times in the 12-minute first half.

He wasn't the only ex-Bullet on the floor. Jack Marin, the sweet-shooting southpaw forward from Baltimore Bullets days, scored two points in 11 minutes.

"You go up for your jumper and you come down sooner than you expect," Marin said.