All skills champs to defend titles at All-Star weekend

Updated: January 30, 2006, 8:35 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- Steve Nash and other champions of the NBA All-Star weekend contests will return to defend their titles next month.

Nash, who won the skills challenge, will be joined by Josh Smith (slam dunk), Quentin Richardson (3-point) and Team Phoenix (shooting stars) on Feb. 18 at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Participants in the dunk contest will be announced Tuesday. The starters for the 55th NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 19 will be announced on Thursday.

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