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All skills champs to defend titles at All-Star weekend

1/30/2006 - NBA

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.

This is only the fifth time in NBA history that all of the past year's winners will defend their titles.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.