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Reinforced Celtics rout reeling Cavs

The Celtics’ Paul Pierce, who scored all his 24 in the first half, tries to split the Cavs’ Ryan Hollins, left, and Joey Graham.

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The Celtics’ Paul Pierce, who scored all his 24 in the first half, tries to split the Cavs’ Ryan Hollins, left, and Joey Graham.

BOSTON — Kendrick Perkins spent seven months coming back from a knee injury, and on the day he was set to return to the floor he showed up in the trainer's office with a sore neck.

He was so excited he couldn't sleep.

Playing for the first time since injuring his knee in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Perkins had seven points and six rebounds in 16 minutes as the Celtics beat Cleveland 112-95 on Tuesday night, sending the Cavaliers to their 18th straight loss.

"It felt good to be on the floor," said Perkins, who missed 43 games recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. "I know I can do better. I can do more. … I was a little winded and a little off-key. I can get better."

Paul Pierce scored all of his 24 in the first half, and Ray Allen added 18 to help the Celtics bounce back from a loss to the struggling Wizards.

It was the Cavs' first time in Boston since losing Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. They have gone from the best record in the NBA last season to the worst.

"I don't care about all that," Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. "We'll have a breakthrough."

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Magic forward Malik Allen could be available for the first time in 18 games tonight in Indiana. The reserve has been out with a sprained left ankle since Dec. 21. … The Clippers will be without leading scorer Eric Gordon for at least three weeks because of a sprained right wrist and a small bone chip fracture. … Heat forward Chris Bosh, sidelined since Jan. 15 with an injured left ankle, is out for at least four more games. … An MRI exam on Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge showed no damage to his right hip.

Celtics 112, Cavaliers 95

CLEVELAND (95): Eyenga 6-15 2-2 15, Jamison 5-14 1-2 11, Hickson 6-10 0-2 12, Sessions 4-8 6-8 14, Gibson 1-3 2-2 4, Graham 4-5 0-0 10, Hollins 1-1 0-2 2, Parker 1-5 0-0 3, Samuels 4-10 2-3 10, Harris 5-9 3-4 14. Totals 37-80 16-25 95.

BOSTON (112): Pierce 8-15 6-7 24, Garnett 4-9 2-2 10, Erden 1-2 0-0 2, Rondo 5-8 0-0 11, Allen 6-13 3-4 18, Perkins 3-5 1-4 7, Davis 5-9 1-3 11, Robinson 4-10 0-0 11, Harangody 3-6 2-3 8, Wafer 3-7 2-2 10. Totals 42-84 17-25 112.

Cleveland 26 19 24 26— 95

Boston 34 33 24 21— 112

3-Point GoalsCleveland 5-11 (Graham 2-3, Parker 1-2, Harris 1-2, Eyenga 1-3, Gibson 0-1), Boston 11-24 (Allen 3-6, Robinson 3-8, Wafer 2-3, Pierce 2-5, Rondo 1-1, Davis 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 51 (Hickson 17), Boston 51 (Erden 8). AssistsCleveland 25 (Sessions 7), Boston 29 (Rondo 10). Total FoulsCleveland 22, Boston 24. TechnicalsCleveland defensive three second, Davis, Boston defensive three second. A18,624 (18,624).

Nuggets 120, Wizards 109

DENVER (120): Anthony 8-20 6-7 23, K.Martin 2-2 0-0 4, Nene 8-9 5-7 21, Billups 4-11 5-5 15, Afflalo 6-14 4-4 18, Lawson 6-10 4-5 17, Harrington 7-12 1-2 21, Forbes 0-3 0-0 0, Ely 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 41-81 26-32 120.

WASHINGTON (109): Lewis 3-6 0-0 8, Blatche 8-14 9-9 25, McGee 5-9 1-1 11, Wall 4-8 2-3 10, Young 10-19 6-8 26, Seraphin 0-2 0-0 0, Armstrong 1-1 0-0 2, Thornton 2-5 4-4 8, C.Martin 1-3 0-0 2, Shakur 1-3 1-2 3, Booker 2-3 0-0 4, Yi 5-9 0-0 10. Totals 42-82 23-27 109.

Denver 33 35 28 24— 120

Washington 26 30 23 30— 109

3-Point GoalsDenver 12-23 (Harrington 6-8, Billups 2-4, Afflalo 2-5, Lawson 1-2, Anthony 1-3, Forbes 0-1), Washington 2-13 (Lewis 2-4, C.Martin 0-1, Wall 0-1, Yi 0-2, Young 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 49 (Nene 9), Washington 41 (Blatche 9). AssistsDenver 23 (Billups 6), Washington 23 (Wall 13). Total FoulsDenver 21, Washington 23. TechnicalsBillups, K.Martin, Washington defensive three second 2. Flagrant Fouls—Afflalo. A16,121 (20,173).

Mavericks 112, Clippers 105

L.A. CLIPPERS (105): Gomes 6-8 0-0 14, Griffin 7-16 8-14 22, Jordan 2-3 1-3 5, Davis 8-15 1-2 21, Foye 5-9 3-3 15, Bledsoe 1-2 1-3 3, Aminu 2-3 1-1 6, R.Butler 1-4 0-0 2, Diogu 3-4 2-2 8, Cook 4-6 0-0 9. Totals 39-70 17-28 105.

DALLAS (112): Pavlovic 0-1 0-0 0, Nowitzki 6-15 6-8 20, Chandler 5-5 11-11 21, Kidd 0-4 1-1 1, Stevenson 2-6 2-2 7, Terry 11-22 2-2 28, Marion 4-7 2-2 10, Barea 9-12 4-4 25, Haywood 0-1 0-0 0, Mahinmi 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-74 28-30 112.

L.A. Clippers 33 29 16 27— 105

Dallas 25 29 27 31— 112

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 10-20 (Davis 4-5, Gomes 2-4, Foye 2-5, Aminu 1-1, Cook 1-3, R.Butler 0-2), Dallas 10-24 (Terry 4-7, Barea 3-4, Nowitzki 2-5, Stevenson 1-5, Kidd 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Clippers 46 (Griffin 11), Dallas 35 (Marion 10). AssistsL.A. Clippers 22 (Davis 6), Dallas 18 (Kidd 7). Total FoulsL.A. Clippers 22, Dallas 24. TechnicalsDavis, L.A. Clippers defensive three second, Dallas Coach Carlisle, Dallas defensive three second 2. Flagrant Fouls—Haywood. A20,335 (19,200).

Reinforced Celtics rout reeling Cavs 01/25/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 11:50pm]

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