Bonner scores 18, Spurs beat 76ers 100-75

San Antonio forward Matt Bonner may be playing limited minutes this season but he still consistently gets a game’s worth of aggravation from Gregg Popovich.

The not-so-silent pleas from the Spurs coach to have Bonner stop passing up open shots paid off Monday night, allowing San Antonio’s Big Three to get some needed rest against the hapless Philadelphia 76ers.

Bonner had 18 points and San Antonio never trailed, handing Philadelphia a 100-75 loss – their 10 straight loss to open the season. Duncan had 16 points and nine rebounds and Kawhi Leonard had five points and 11 rebounds in limited action. Cory Joseph added 14 points for San Antonio (6-4).

Even when Bonner went against Popovich’s advice and passed up an open shot, things went right. He gave up a 3-pointer to drive to the basket and toss in a floating jumper that even astounded him.

It was that kind of an evening for the Spurs, which seemed to get everything it wanted against the 76ers. San Antonio won its 10th straight at home over Philadelphia and seventh overall against Philadelphia.nba-logo

Lawson, Afflalo lead Nuggets past Cavaliers 106-97

LeBron James began the day by missing the morning shootaround because of a cold. A loss to the struggling Denver Nuggets didn’t make him feel any better.

Ty Lawson scored 24 points, Arron Afflalo added 23 and the Nuggets ended Cleveland’s four-game winning streak with a 106-97 victory Monday night.

James led the Cavaliers with 22 points, but Denver took the lead for good early in the third quarter and was up by as many as 14 midway through the fourth.

Denver looked like a different team Monday, placing five players in double figures. Leading 90-84, the Nuggets scored eight straight points and went ahead 98-84 on Lawson’s layup with 6:01 to play.

Cleveland failed to reach 100 points for the first time in six games despite having four players score 20 or more. While some observers thought the Cavaliers would breeze through games on a nightly basis, James has said since training camp it would take time for them to come together. Cleveland lost three of four to start the season before its winning streak.

Timofey Mozgov had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Denver. Darrell Arthur scored 14 and Wilson Chandler added 12. Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters each scored 20 points for the Cavs.

Chalmers helps Heat top Nets

Surrounded by All-Star talent for so long, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers teamed with whatever healthy bodies the Miami Heat could find Monday night.

Chalmers scored 22 points, Bosh ended his shooting slump and added 15 points and nine rebounds, and the Heat snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Brooklyn Nets 95-83.

With Dwyane Wade out for a third straight game due to a strained left hamstring, Chalmers remained in the starting lineup for the second consecutive night and keyed the finishing spurt for the Heat. He converted a three-point play, added another free throw and then set up Bosh for a 3-pointer that turned a four-point lead into a 91-80 advantage with 1:23 left.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points for the Nets, who came home from an 0-3 road trip and were held to their lowest point total of the season. Jarrett Jack had 15 points and Deron Williams added 14 but shot 4 of 13.

Results: Dallas Mavericks 107 Charlotte Bobcats 80; Denver Nuggets 106 Cleveland Cavaliers 97; Phoenix Suns 118 Boston Celtics 114; Miami Heat 95 Brooklyn Nets 83; Orlando Magic 107 Detroit Pistons 93; Houston Rockets 93 Memphis Grizzles 119; Philadelphia76ers 75 San Antonio Spurs 100; New Orleans Pelicans 93 Portland Blazers 102; Chicago Bulls 105 Los Angeles Clippers 89

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