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Kevin Love works overtime to win Three-Point Contest

Feb 25, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

Love of the Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando Reuters

Do you remember when then Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis was trying to keep Kevin Love from straying away from the basket and shooting threes? Rambis, Loves hopes you were watching.

“But for me, coming into the league, I was told not to shoot three point shots, so to be where I am now and continue to work on my game, I think this definitely speaks to my versatility,” Love said.

Love is now the best three-point shooter in the land. As determined by an exhibition contest, but still, he can knock them down.

Love had to go to overtime twice — an extra shoot to break a tie with Mario Chalmers after the first round then Kevin Durant in the last round — but he won the All-Star Three Point contest.

He is the first pure power forward to win the event. Sure, Dirk Nowitzki is technically a power forward, but he’s really his own kind of hybrid four. Who would you take in a rebounding contest? Exactly.

Love was not the favorite going in. That was probably Anthony Morrow was rocking the throwback Drazen Petrovic Nets jersey. But he tweeted before the event he was nervous and he looked with, he didn’t get through all the balls in the first round and had the lowest score. Orlando’s own Ryan Anderson was close to advancing to the final round, and the crowd groaned on missed last moneyball shot he missed that eliminated him.

Defending champion James Jones put up the best single score of the night, 22 points in the first round (hitting 13 of 15 at one point). But he went ice cold in the final round.

Durant and Love tied, went to a shootout and it was all Love. Or enough. He wins. Both in this contest and in Minnesota where the new coach lets him shoot threes.

  1. sboger3 - Feb 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    I think it was Randy Wittman who specifically told Love he isn’t allowed to shoot threes, but since Kevin is good at shooting them and it helps the team win–I’m sure Rambis was just as opposed to it!

  2. robforman - Feb 25, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    “But he tweeted before the event he was nervous and he looked with…” What does “looked with” mean?

  3. ramblingalb - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    “the crowd groaned on missed last moneyball shot he missed that eliminated him.”

    Have another drink, Kurt.

  4. zaktmt - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    I love that K-Love won this. This guy and Rubio bring a lot of hope to my Wolves in having a bright future. Kevin Love wasn’t the best 3-point shooter in this competition. He was however the most clutch. He has nerves of steel. And with 1 second left on the clock, 9 times out of 10 I’m picking him to shoot the last shot.

  5. 00maltliquor - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Everybody thumbed down my comment when I said Kevin Love was going to be the surprise runner-up. He won. How’s that egg taste?

    • Josh - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:32 AM

      Well, considering Kevin was NOT the runner up…

  6. isujames - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    k love has a nice stroke for a big man, i underestimated him and durant.

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