Turkoglu Lifts Magic in Nail Biter

Nets douse hapless Heat, Timberwolves maul Clippers
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2008 11:14 PM CST
Philadelphia 76ers' Thaddeus Young shoots between Orlando Magic's Hedo Turkoglu, left, and Rashard Lewis in the second half of their NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hedo Turkoglu made the difference last night, as his 23 points and crucial last second free throws led Orlando past Philly 108-106, the AP reports. With the lead see-sawing all game, the Magic pulled ahead decisively with a minute and a half left in regulation to take their third straight, and end Philly's two-game run.  In other NBA action:

  • Miami last night earned the dubious honor of being the worst team in basketball, losing to the Nets, 94-85. They've dropped 18 of their last 19 games.
  • With a 104-83 drubbing of the injury-riddled Clippers, Minnesota pulled a half-game ahead of Miami in the race for last place, having won five of their last seven games.