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Suns shine at All-Star skills

February 20, 2005 16:28 IST

Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks won the 2005 NBA dunk contest on Saturday as part of the All-Star weekend in Denver, Colorado.

The Hawks rookie scored a perfect 50 from judges on his first dunk of the night in the popular competition, a highlight of the league's annual All-Star festivities.

Smith wore the jersey of former Atlanta great Dominique Wilkins, then had another perfect score on his second dunk in his new Hawks jersey to win the event.

Phoenix Suns Amare Stoudemire finished second in the competition, which featured spectacular stunts, such as Smith taking a pass from Denver's Kenyon Martin, who was seated in a chair, and dunking after sailing over his head.

Quentin Richardson of the Suns won the three-point

shooting contest, making his last nine shots in the final.

Philadelphia's Kyle Korver finished second, just one point behind Richardson.

Steve Nash of the Suns won the skills challenge, finishing the dribbling, passing and shooting course nearly 12 seconds faster than Earl Boykins of Denver.

Shawn Marion, Diana Taurasi and Dan Majerle of Phoenix completed a big night for Suns players by winning the shooting stars competition, making shots from six spots in just 28 seconds.

The All-Star game takes place on Sunday, with the leading players from the Eastern Conference meeting their counterparts from the West.

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