Saturday , Feb , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Wade bests James in Skills Challenge

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade outdueled
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers to capture the annual Skills Challenge
competition at NBA All-Star Saturday night. Wade finished with a time of 26.1
seconds in the final, while James recorded a time of 33.7 seconds.

Wade had a first-round time of 39 seconds and James a time of 40.5
seconds. Defending champion Steve Nash of Phoenix had the worst time this
year at 52.8 seconds. New Orleans/Oklahoma City rookie Chris Paul also missed
the final with a time of 42.6 seconds.

The Skills Challenge is made up of a skills course that includes various
dribbling, shooting and passing obstacles.

To start the night, the San Antonio trio of Tony Parker, Kendra Wecker and
Steve Kerr captured the Shooting Stars competition. The team made shots from
six spots on the floor in just 25.1 seconds.

The stars competition is made up of NBA, WNBA and former NBA stars. A team
from Los Angeles featuring Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and Lisa Leslie finished
second, 16.2 seconds behind. Houston’s team of Tracy McGrady, Clyde Drexler
and Sheryl Swoopes placed third with a time of 47.2 seconds, while the
Phoenix Suns team of Shawn Marion, Dan Majerle and Kelly Miller finished last
with a time of 47.7 seconds.

A Phoenix team consisting of Marion, Majerle and Diana Taurasi won last year’s
Shooting Stars competition.