NBA All-Star games

CNC report from Houston
Added On February 18, 2013

As part of the NBA's all-star weekend festivities, Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors dethroned defending champion Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz to win the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday in Houston.

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Ross won 58 percent of the fan votes via Twitter and websites with two spectacular dunks.

The high-flier was wearing a jersey of ex-Raptor star Vince Carter.

Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers won the Three-Point Contest and Portland Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard won the Skills Challenge.

The NBA All-Star Game will be held on Sunday.

In Friday's Rising Stars Challenge game, defending champion Team Chuck beat Team Shaq 163 to 135.

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The score also set a record for the Rising Stars game. The previous best was 155 in 2007 and 2010, both obtained by the Sophomore teams.

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried scored 40 points to win the MVP title.

Team Chuck did an outstanding job beyond the arc, knocking down 17 out of their 32 3-point attempts to establish an early lead. Nine of the ten Chuck team members harvested double figures.

This year, the Rising Stars Challenge replaced the longtime game format of rookies-against-sophomores with competitions between teams with a mix of both.

Yao Ming, a retired NBA star who played for the Houston Rockets, was named as a Goodwill Ambassador of Houston Friday by the city's mayor.

TITLE: YAO NAMED GOODWILL AMBASSADOR

Yao, who lived in Houston for ten years, was given the key to the city by Mayor Annise Parker at a ceremony in downtown Houston.

Yao was appointed as Houston's Goodwill Ambassador because of "the outstanding success" he has made as a professional basketball player since 2003.

The title is also a recognition of the contributions Yao has made in public services.

Yao, who retired in 2011 after playing with the Rockets for nine seasons, was back in Houston for All-Star Weekend and participated as a judge in the Slam Dunk Contest.