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.