Gomes' Late Free Throws Lift Timberwolves

Final-second three-pointer is off the mark as Orlando falls
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2008 11:40 PM CDT
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Ryan Gomes, second from left, is congratulated by teammates Randy Foye, left, and Rashad McCants after being fouled with 2.9 seconds left on Friday, April 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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(Newser) – Ryan Gomes made a pair of free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 102-101 victory over the playoff-bound Orlando on Friday. Randy Foye had a game-high 25 points and Rashad McCants added 19 to lead the Timberwolves, who snapped a six-game losing streak. The Magic have lost six of their last 10 games.

Hedo Turkoglu attempted a winning 3-pointer as time expired but his shot missed the entire basket and Orlando failed to get its 50th win of the season, a mark it hasn’t achieved since the 1995-96 campaign. Turkoglu scored 23 points to lead the Magic while Dwight Howard had 20 points and 14 rebounds for his 68th double-double of the season.