HOUSTON — Toronto rookie Terrence Ross beat defending champion Jeremy Evans to win the slam dunk contest during All-Star Saturday night.
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.
Utah’s 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.
CAVS’ IRVING WINS: Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving beat San Antonio’s Matt Bonner to win the 3-point contest.
Irving started 7 for 7 in the final round and finished with 23 points — two shy of the record shared by Craig Hodges and Jason Kapono. Bonner finished with 20 points in the final round.
The Hornets’ Ryan Anderson had 18 points for the West but did not advance to the championship round.
NO NEWS ON KINGS: No new details on Sacramento against Seattle, though the next All-Star decision might be New York versus New York.
NBA Commissioner David Stern fielded numerous questions but provided little news about the future of the Sacramento Kings during his final All-Star weekend news conference. A Seattle group has reached an agreement to buy the team from the Maloof family with the goal of moving it to the Northwest, and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is trying to keep the Kings in California.
Stern said owners will continue to discuss the plans and will hear from Johnson with the goal of deciding at their April board meeting. Without saying how, Stern said Sacramento has a chance of beating out what he has said is a strong bid from the Seattle group.
“Oh, certainly it’s plausible to me, but I don’t have a vote,” Stern said. “But I expect the owners to have a very open mind on this.”
Stern plans to retire Feb. 1, 2014, on what would be the 30th anniversary of his appointment to the job. The 2014 game is going to New Orleans, and deputy commissioner Adam Silver said the 2015 event is likely headed to Madison Square Garden or the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Silver didn’t say when a decision would be made.
Sacramento may be out of the NBA business by then. A Seattle group led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer reached an agreement with the Maloof family to buy 65 percent of the franchise, move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name.
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