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Old 01-21-2008, 06:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Contestants: Dwight Howard, Jamario Moon, Rudy Gay, Gerald Green

NEW YORK (AFP) An internet vote by fans will determine the winner of the National Basketball Association Slam Dunk Contest for the first time at next month's high-leaping spectacle, the league announced here Monday.

Minnesota's Gerald Green will defend his crown February 16 against Orlando's Dwight Howard and debutantes Rudy Gay of Memphis and Jamario Moon of Toronto in the all-American event.

A judging panel will decide which two players advance to the final. In the championship round, the low scorer will shoot first and each finalist will make two slam dunks before fan polls open on-line and through text messaging.

Each judges' vote will count only as much as a fan's vote in deciding the winner.

Green, who leaped a table and jammed a windmill dunk through the hoop for a perfect score of 50 in last year's final, will try to become the first repeat champion in the contest since Jason Richardson in 2003.

The only other back-to-back winner was Michael Jordan in 1997 and 1998 but the days of such star players taking part in the showcase have long since passed.

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