NBA All-Star Saturday: Kevin Love Wins Three-Point Contest, Allan Houston Is A Shooting Star

NBA All-Star Weekend continues on Saturday with the Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Contest and more. See full coverage of Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

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Kevin Love Wins Three-Point Contest On 2012 NBA All-Star Saturday

The Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love won the 2012 NBA Three-Point Contest on All-Star Saturday, beating two-time scoring champ Kevin Durant in a final round tiebreaker with 16 points. Durant scored 14 in defeat, and is now 0-2 in Three-Point Contests.

James Jones had a disastrous final round, hitting just one shot on the first rack and finishing with 10 points after scoring a scorching 22 in the first round.

Ryan Anderson, Mario Chalmers and Anthony Morrow were eliminated in the first round. Chalmers actually tied Love in the first round, but bricked most of his shots in the 10-shot tiebreaker. In the competition, Love ended up taking 85 shots in 30 minutes. Kobe Bryant is nodding in appreciation somewhere.

Next up is the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, which you can follow via's dedicated StoryStream, where we'll post videos, analysis and more. Love's teammate Derrick Williams is one of four contestants in the dunk contest.


NBA Three-Point Contest 2012: James Jones, Kevin Durant Smoke First Round

James Jones, the defending champion, had a smoking first round performance in the 2012 Three-Point Contest on NBA All-Star Saturday, racking up 22 points and hitting his final seven shots. Kevin Durant, coming off of a brutal 2011 performance in the shootout, finished the first round with 20. Kevin Love and Mario Chalmers tied for third, and Love edged Chalmers by one make in the tiebreaker to advance to the finals.

Ryan Anderson finished fifth with a disappointing first-round run, and the Nets' Anthony Morrow -- rocking a vintage Drazen Petrovic jersey -- brought up the rear as his picture-perfect stroke was too slow to get through all 25 shots in the 60 seconds allotted.

Jones will attempt to win back-to-back titles, but Durant looks like a legit challenge at this point.

The dunk contest will follow the shootout. For all your 2012 Slam Dunk Contest needs, be sure to visit this StoryStream.


Tony Parker Wins Skills Challenge On 2012 NBA All-Star Saturday

Tony Parker is the champion of the Taco Bell Skills Challenge during the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend. He wins a year's supply of cinnamon twists and a case of mild sauce packets. His winning time was 32.7 seconds.

Parker defeated Deron Williams, bricker of shots, and Rajon Rondo in the finals. Rondo beat John Wall in a rare tiebreaker to get to the finals. Both finished the first round in 32.8 seconds. Rondo's tiebreaker was nearly flawless. Wall missed 14 or so shots from the top of the key, and then missed a gratuitous dunk after he'd been eliminated. It was fantastic.

Kyrie Irving had perhaps the worst debut performance in the eight-year history of the event, doing everything but dribbling backwards. The kid for whom he was trying to win a $25,000 scholarship wouldn't even make eye contact with him at the end of the run.

Russell Westbrook, the 2011 runner-up, finished fifth, ahead of only Irving. Last year's champion, Stephen Curry, pulled out, citing injury.


Allan Houston, Team New York Wins Shooting Stars At NBA All-Star 2012

Allan Houston sunk two halfcourt shots to lead Team New York to a victory in the 2012 Haier Shooting Stars competition on All-Star Saturday. Houston, who works in the New York Knicks' basketball operations, served as the legend for Team New York. Knicks guard Landry Fields was the active NBA player on the winning squad, and Cappie Pondexter of the New York Liberty was the WNBA rep.

The competition involved teammates alternating shots from different spots on the floor and ended with the players attempting halfcourt shots until one of them made it.

TNT analyst Kenny Smith made both halfcourt shots for the runner-up, Team Texas. But that team's finals run took a bit too much as the Houston Rockets rookie Chandler Parsons' arms apparently fell asleep during intermission, allowing the wing to take only one shot every 10 seconds. (That's a rough estimate.)

Team Atlanta (starring Jerry Stackhouse ... as the active player) and hometown Team Orlando bombed in the first round.

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