NBA: Minnesota 114, New York 93

March 23, 2008 at 12:30 AM

MINNEAPOLIS, March 23 (UPI) -- Ryan Gomes had 26 points and eight rebounds Saturday to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 114-93 trouncing of the New York Knicks.

After a 42-24 first quarter advantage, Minnesota never saw a serious New York comeback attempt. The lead at halftime was 69-56 and it grew to 100-79 with 9:26 left in the contest.

Rashad McCants scored 24 points. Kirk Snyder had 15 points and eight rebounds, Marko Jaric scored 11 points with six assists, and Gomes added eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, winners in three of their last four games.

New York was led by Malik Rose's 20 points, five rebounds and three assists. Jamal Crawford scored 16 with four assists, and David Lee finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Fred Jones scored 13, Wilson Chandler had 12 and Mardy Collins had 12 points and eight assists for the Knicks, who lost their fourth in a row and are firmly planted in last place in the Atlantic Division.

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