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NBA.com readers chose Jesse D. Garrabrant's shot of Wallace blocking O'Neal as the 2005-06 Photo of the Year.
-- Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images

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Oct. 13 -- This time, Goliath won.

Check that. Goliaths.

While the 5-9 guard scored a stunning upset in the 2006 Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk contest at 2006 All-Star in Houston, the Knicks' Nate Robinson couldn't leap over Ben Wallace and Shaquille O'Neal in NBA.com's 2006 Photo of the Year contest.

Jesse D. Garrabrant's shot of the two pivotmen squeaked by Nathaniel S. Butler's shot of the airborne Robinson scaling 1986 dunk champ Spud Webb by the slimmest of margins -- 50.9 percent for Big Ben and Shaq to 49.1 percent for Nate.

(And because neither photo was taken in Florida, there will be no recount.)

Starting with Michael Jordan in 1997, the Photo of the Year winner had always been a swingman. Kobe Bryant leads all players with four wins, Vince Carter has three and Desmond Mason took the crown in 2001.

Yet, this year, thanks to the NBA.com readers, this shot marks a first in two ways.

One, this is Garrabrant's first win in the contest; and two, this is the first photo to feature a defensive play as a winner.

So, in this instance, defense does win championships.

Congratulations, Jesse and thank you, dot-com readers for voting.

1ST RD QUARTERS SEMIFINALS CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS QUARTERS 1ST RD

Andre Iguodala
Ben Wallace
Kobe Bryant
Jared Jeffries
Dwyane Wade
Gerald Wallace
Dwight Howard
Chris Paul
38%
62%
51%
49%
72%
28%
65%
35%
Ben Wallace
Kobe Bryant
Dwyane Wade
Dwight Howard
61%
39%
32%
68%
Ben Wallace
Dwight Howard
67%
33%
Ben Wallace
Nate Robinson
68%
32%
Nate Robinson
Hakim Warrick
67%
33%
33%
67%
Nate Robinson
LeBron James
Vince Carter
Hakim Warrick
20%
80%
86%
14%
66%
34%
31%
69%
Steve Nash
Nate Robinson
LeBron James
Michael Redd
Vince Carter
Jamal Crawford
Shaquille O'Neal
Hakim Warrick