Denver Nuggets Kenneth Faried falls short of slam-dunk contest title

Faried scored combined 89 points in first round

HOUSTON - Denver Nuggets Kenneth Faried was just one-point from advancing to the finals against Toronto Raptors Terrence Ross, but he fail short as Ross beat defending champion Jeremy Evans to win the slam-dunk contest during All-Star Saturday night.

On Faried's first dunk, he bounced the ball off the backboard and spun his body for a 360-degree-dunk. The judges didn't like the dunk too much as they gave him a 39 out of 50 possible points.

The second attempt was more to the judges liking as Faried once again tossed the ball off the backboard, but this time he took the ball between his legs and slammed it home. The dunk brought the crowd to their feet as the judges gave him a perfect 50.

But it wasn't enough as Faried was outpaced by Utah Jazz's Jeremy Evans for the final round.

In the final, the 6-foot-6 Ross jumped over a ball boy, whipped the ball between his legs and threw down a one-handed slam to clinch the victory. Earlier, Ross donned a Vince Carter jersey, took a lob from high-school teammate Terrence Jones off the edge of the backboard, spun in the air, and then slammed home another one-hander.

Evans jumped over a painted portrait of himself and hurdled Dallas Mavericks forward Dahntay Jones for a dunk in his final round.

Ross earned 58 percent of the fan vote in the championship round. The first round was judged by former Houston Rockets Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Dikembe Mutombo, Rudy Tomjanovich and Yao Ming.

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