Bonner scores 18, Spurs beat 76ers 100-75
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Matt Bonner had 18 points and the San Antonio Spurs Big Three got some rest, handing the Philadelphia 76ers a 100-75 loss - their 10th straight loss to open the season - on Monday night.
Tim 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), which never trailed.
Duncan played 16 minutes and Tony Parker 18, as both sat out the entire fourth quarter after playing just five minutes in the third.
San Antonio won its 10th straight at home over Philadelphia and seventh overall against the hapless Philadelphia.
Michael Carter-Williams had a team-high 16 points and four assists. Last season's NBA Rookie of the Year was playing in just his third game after missing the entire preseason and the first seven games of the season with a right shoulder injury.
Carter-Williams' return did little to right Philadelphia, which is losing by an average of 15.5 points this season.
With Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili and Finals MVP Leonard resting comfortably on the bench, Philadelphia pulled within 74-64 on Luc Mbah a Moute's 3-pointer with 10 minutes remaining.
The 76ers followed it with three missed shots and a turnover, enabling the Spurs to rebuild their lead to 83-65 with 5:33 remaining.
The Sixers opened the game shooting 3 for 11 and didn't improve much as the game wore on. Philadelphia was shooting less than 30 percent with 3 minutes left in the third quarter and finished at 32.5 percent.
San Antonio had 10 turnovers at the half, but still led by as many as 19 points through two quarters.
Everything seemed to go right for San Antonio, especially for Bonner. He gave up a 3-pointer to drive to the basket and toss in a floating jumper that even astounded him. Bonner smiled sheepishly and shrugged his shoulder as he walked to the bench. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown called timeout following the shot.
Spurs: Duncan was recognized during pregame for becoming just the 19th player in NBA history with 25,000 points. Duncan waved to the crowd as his image was shown on the video screens at the AT&T Center. ... San Antonio used a pair of unusual lineups in the fourth. Boris Diaw, Jeff Ayres, Austin Daye and Kyle Anderson were on the floor with Danny Green running the point early in the quarter and the team closed with at Anderson at point alongside Daye, Bonner, Ayres and Aron Baynes.
Sixers: Philadelphia has failed to score more than 93 points in its previous nine games against San Antonio, including finishing with less than 90 on five occasions. . Carter-Williams has led the team in points, rebounds and assists on two occasions in his career. . Philadelphia is tied with the Portland for the tallest average player in the league at 6-7.
Spurs: At Cleveland on Wednesday.
Sixers: Host Boston on Wednesday.
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