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2012 NBA Three-Point Shootout: Kevin Love Outshoots Kevin Durant To Win

Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves took down Kevin Durant in the final round of the 2012 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout with a score of 16.

Love, a 35% three-point shooter for the season, opened the competition with a score of 18, which was good enough to get him into a tiebreaker with Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers for the right to advance to three-man final round. Love then scored 5 points in a 24-second shootout, moving into the finals with Durant and Miami Heat forward James Jones, the reigning champion.

Love shot first in the final round, posting a score of 16, which Durant then matched. Jones shot last, but only mustered a score of 14, which set up a final tiebreaker between Love and Durant. In the final tiebreaker, a full 60-second round, Love again went first, connecting for 17 points. Durant, a three-to-one favorite to win the event, scored a 15, missing four of the five money balls, including the last shot, which cemented Love's win.

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