Celtics Rout Cavaliers In Kendrick Perkins Season Debut

Celtics send Cavs to 18th loss in a row

      BOSTON (AP) – Paul Pierce scored 24 and Kendrick Perkins
returned for the first time since injuring his knee in the NBA
finals to help the Boston Celtics beat Cleveland 112-95 on Tuesday
night and send the Cavaliers to their 18th consecutive loss.
      Perkins, who had offseason surgery to repair his anterior
cruciate ligament, had seven points and six rebounds in 16 minutes.
      Ray Allen scored 18 points and Rajon Rondo had 10 assists for
Boston, which bounced back from a loss to the lowly Washington
      It was the Cavs' first time back in Boston since losing Game 6
of the Eastern Conference semifinals to end the LeBron James era in
Cleveland. That was the second time in three years the Celtics
knocked the Cavaliers out of the playoffs.
      J.J. Hickson scored 12 points with 17 rebounds for Cleveland.
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