J.J. Hickson had 12 points and 17 rebounds, but Boston's Paul Pierce scored the final 13 points of the first quarter and the Celtics didn't trail again to beat the Cavs 112-95 Tuesday night. It was the 22nd consecutive road loss for the Cavs, a new franchise record.
The loss surpasses the previous mark set from Jan. 13 to April 14, 2003 – the year before LeBron James arrived. Christian Eyenga had 15 points and Antawn Jamison had 11, but nine of those came in the first quarter. Ramon Sessions had 14 points and seven assists.
Pierce took control at the end of the first quarter, scoring the final 13 points for the Celtics to turn a 23-21 deficit into a 34-26 lead. He finished with 17 points in the first quarter and 24 for the game (all in the first half).
The Celtics extended the lead to 22 at the half and were never threatened again. Kendrick Perkins had seven points and six rebounds in his season debut following knee surgery that forced him to miss the first 2 ½ months of the season. Perkins returned about two weeks ahead of schedule.