Ross wins slam dunk title, Irving top long-range gunner

Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:27am EST
 
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By Steve Ginsburg

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross won the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday with a one-handed, though-the-legs rim-rattler after leaping over a ballboy.

The windmill slam earned the wild applause of the sold-out crowd at the Toyota Center and lifted the 22-year-old rookie to the title over Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz.

"I feel blessed, but it's still overwhelming," he told reporters. "I'm just trying to soak it all in."

Ross garnered 58 percent of the votes from the public in the two-dunk championship round to claim the title.

In another skills test, second-year guard Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated San Antonio Spurs power forward Matt Bonner 23-20 to win the three-point shooting contest.

Ross said he never dreamed he would win the title.

"It was my favorite event to watch every year, since I was a small child," he said. "But actually winning it, I never thought I'd do it. It's been unbelievable. I've had fun."

In the opening round of the finals, Evans leaped over a covered easel and delivered a left-handed windmill slam. After the dunk, he pulled the cover off the easel and revealed a picture of himself dunking the ball.   Continued...

 
East All-Star Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors competes in the slam dunk contest during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston, Texas, February 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes