Blake Griffin had something special in mind for the NBA’s All Star Dunk Contest: Baron Davis.

Not quite. But the slam which propelled the Clippers rookie to victory caught everyone in LA by surprise as he leapt over a car to win over the crowd – and the judges – while Crenshaw Select Choir, lined up on the court, sang ‘I Believe I Can Fly.’

“When they first came to me … they said there were no rules,” Griffin said. “I was like, ‘So I can jump over a car? Yeah? Oh, maybe I have to do it now.’ I figured I could probably clear it, and Baron came up with the choir.”

Elsewhere on All Star Saturday night, Miami forward James Jones out-gunned Boston Celtics duo Ray Allen and Paul Pierce to win the Three-Point Shoot-out.

Jones got 15 points in the first round to advance, then scored 20 in the finals to become the third Heat player to win in five years.

“It’s a dream come true for me,” Jones said. “I put in a lot of hard work to get this opportunity. And you just want to represent your team and yourself as well as you can. It feels good.”

Wall dishes out Rookie win

Washington Wizards guard John Wall racked up 22 assists to help himself to the MVP Award as the Rookies rallied to beat the Sophomores 148-140 at the NBA’s All-Star Rookie Challenge in Los Angeles.

But he had a big assist from his former Kentucky team-mate, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, who had 33 points and 14 rebounds.

“We were trying to work together,” Cousins said. “He wanted to break the assist record, and I wanted to be MVP.”

Hometown hero Blake Griffin scored 14 points for the Rookies, 48 hours before making his All-Star debut.

Los Angeles native James Hardin scored 30 points for the Sophomores, while San Antonio’s Deuan Blair had 28 points and 15 rebounds.

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