Kendrick Perkins contributed seven points and six rebounds in 16 minutes, playing for the first time since injuring his knee in the NBA Finals to help lift the Boston Celtics past the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-95 yesterday at the TD Garden. Paul Pierce led the scoring campaign with 24 as Ray Allen followed up with 18, respectively. Rajon Rondo notched another double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. Glen Davis and Nate Robinson came off the bench for 11 points apiece.
Perkins received a standing ovation when he entered the game four minutes in and scored on a layup less than a minute later to really get the crowd going. Boston teammates also didn’t hesitate to join in as their starting center took the floor for the first time in seven months.
“We have kind of been, I don’t know what words to use, but less than ourselves over the three or four months that we haven’t been together – just waiting,” said Allen. “We’ve had great success with the guys that we’ve been using, but we haven’t had the lineup that has been consistent over the past 3 1/2 years, where we have won some big games, including a championship.”
The struggling Cavaliers have now lost 18 in a row heading into their next game against the Denver Nuggets at home this Friday. The C’s are set for a long road trip to Portland, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Sacramento before returning to host the Dallas Mavericks Friday, February 4th. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!