With less than 30 seconds remaining and Dallas leading by one, Love went to work at the top of the key against Devin Harris, who picked him up on a switch. As Love milked the clock, the Timberwolves cleared out the left wing to allow their All-Star forward to post up against the smaller defender.
Dallas eventually rushed Shawn Marion at Love as he turned back towards the middle, but Love pivoted away from Marion, pump-faked a shot and then squeezed between the two defenders to get a clean look at the hoop. Brandan Wright then attempted to provide a second layer of help defense on the play, but he was too late, as Love flipped up a right-handed shot from just outside the protected circle. The game-winner swished through with 17.1 seconds remaining.
Dirk Nowitzki had a chance to answer on the other end but he couldn't deliver on a jumper of his own.
The late-game heroics provided Love and the Timberwolves with a measure of redemption against the Mavericks, as the two teams were involved in a disputed contest back in December. Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman and Love both felt at the time that Love was fouled while attempting a jumper in the closing seconds of a two-point loss to the Mavericks, and the NBA league office later issued a statement admitting that the referees had erred in not blowing the whistle. Timberwolves radio broadcaster Alan Horton famously screamed "OH, ED MALLOY!" in frustration at the referee's no-call.
Love finished with a game-high 35 points (on 11-for-20 shooting), eight rebounds and three assists on Wednesday. Ricky Rubio added 22 points (on 8-for-12 shooting), 15 assists, 10 rebounds and four steals in the win.
Nowitzki led Dallas with 27 points (on 11-for-27 shooting) and three rebounds. Marion chipped in 16 points (on 8-for-12 shooting), 11 rebounds and five assists in a losing effort.