Nowitzki replaces Bryant in 3-point competition

Updated: February 15, 2008, 5:08 PM ET
Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS -- Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will replace Kobe Bryant in the 3-point shooting contest Saturday night because the Los Angeles Lakers' star has a dislocated pinkie on his right hand.

Bryant's injury will not keep him out of Sunday night's All-Star Game in the New Orleans Arena.

Nowitzki, the NBA MVP last season, won the 3-point shootout in 2006. He will compete in the event for the fifth time.

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