Love scored 39 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in bringing Minnesota its second straight win. The Timberwolves equaled their high-water mark of the season by moving a game over the .500 mark.
Despite Love's efforts, Minnesota needed help in the form of two miscues by the Clippers' Chris Paul down the stretch.
With the Clippers trailing by three with 3 seconds to go, Paul was fouled by Derrick Williams while attempting a 3-point shot. Paul made the first two free throws, but missed the third one to leave the Timberwolves in front by one.
Minnesota's Ricky Rubio was fouled after grabbing the rebound, but he missed both his attempts from the line. Paul ended the game by missing a 3-point try that would have won it.
Paul had 18 points and five assists. Blake Griffin paced the Clippers with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
Los Angeles slipped to 2-2 on its six-game road trip.