SAN ANTONIO -- The Denver Nuggets ended the San Antonio Spurs' season-high, 11-game winning streak last week, but the defending champions weren't about to let that same team hand them a season-high losing streak Monday.
The Spurs beat the Nuggets 107-103 on Monday night, avoiding what would have been only their second three-game skid of the season.
"We were more aggressive than we were Friday night," said recent acquisition Kurt Thomas, who had 13 points for San Antonio. "We were diving on the floor, getting loose balls, and the fact that we hit shots. That's something we didn't do in the third quarter on Friday."
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 23 points and 18 rebounds. Allen Iverson led Denver with 28 points despite a broken finger. Iverson has a non-displaced fracture in the tip of his right ring finger. He hurt the finger Friday against the Spurs. An X-ray detected the injury Monday.
The Nuggets fell 2½ games behind Golden State for the last playoff spot.
"We just played the world champions two games and we beat them once and they beat us once," Iverson said. "I feel confident playing anybody."
ROCKETS 91, NETS 73, at Houston -- Tracy McGrady scored 19 points in less than three quarters, and Houston recorded its 19th consecutive victory, matching the third-longest winning streak in NBA history. Houston won its 10th consecutive game by double digits, tying an NBA record last set by the Nets in 2004. The Rockets also won their 13th in a row at the Toyota Center, the franchise's longest home-court streak since the 1985-86 team won 20 consecutive games at The Summit. Modesto Christian graduate Chuck Hayes had 10 rebounds before fouling out.
CELTICS 100, 76ERS 86, at Philadelphia -- Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 12 rebounds to help Boston reach 50 victories for the first time in 16 years.
CAVALIERS 88, TRAIL BLAZERS 80, at Cleveland -- LeBron James had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season, and Cleveland rallied in the second half. It is the 17th triple-double of James' career.
MAGIC 123, HAWKS 112, at Orlando, Fla. -- Dwight Howard had 26 points and 16 rebounds and Hedo Turkoglu had the second triple-double of his career (23 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds) for Orlando.
MAVERICKS 108, KNICKS 79, at Dallas -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points in 22 minutes, then was among four starters who got to take the last quarter off as Dallas polished off a victory over listless New York.
CLIPPERS 99, HEAT 98, at Miami -- Cuttino Mobley made two free throws with 2.6 seconds left and scored 29 points, and Los Angeles beat Miami hours after the Heat decided to shut Dwyane Wade down for the season.