Perkins, who had off-season surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament, had 7 points and 6 rebounds in 16 minutes.
It was the Cavaliers’ first game in Boston since losing Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The era in Cleveland ended with James walking off the court, stripping off his jersey and tossing it aside to an attendant.
Things have not gone well for the Cavaliers in their first season since James signed with the as a free agent. They have gone from the best record in the N.B.A. to the worst at 8-37, losing 27 of their last 28 games since Thanksgiving weekend.
120, 109 scored 23 points, and Nene and Al Harrington each scored 21 as .
It was the sixth win in the last eight games for Denver, which began a five-game trip with a strong performance that comes amid continued trade talk surrounding Anthony.
112, 105 Jason Terry scored a season-high 28 points, over the suddenly Eric Gordon-less Clippers.
The Clippers announced during the first half that a wrist injury will sideline Gordon for at least three weeks. He is their leading scorer at 24.1 points a game, eighth best in the N.B.A.
HOUSTON AND SUED A peak-performance coach who once worked with the former Knicks star says in a lawsuit that Houston damaged his career by trashing him instead of trumpeting his skills. On Monday, Art Rondeau sued the Knicks and Houston, who is now a team executive.
Rondeau’s work involves helping athletes focus mentally to improve their games. He worked with Houston in 1999 and 2000.
Rondeau’s lawsuit says Houston never followed through on promises to praise Rondeau’s work publicly, but instead disparaged Rondeau. The suit seeks more than $2.5 million.
The Knicks say the lawsuit is “completely without merit.”