Cavs, Love win over Pistons, sign Perkins
AUBURN HILLS, USA – Kevin Love tied a career high with 8 three-pointers to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 102-93 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, February 24 (Wednesday in Manila).
Love finished with 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting from beyond the arc while grabbing 9 rebounds as Cleveland won their third consecutive NBA game.
LeBron James added 19 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds, while Kyrie Irving scored 18.
Reggie Jackson finished with 22 points and added 9 assists and 8 rebounds for the Pistons who led by as many as 14 points early in the third quarter. The Pistons also had their two-game win streak stopped.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope contributed 21 points, Andre Drummond scored 17 with 10 rebounds, and Greg Monroe finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Perkins signs as backup big man
Kendrick Perkins, who helped Boston win the 2008 NBA title, signed Tuesday with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will become the backup center to Russian big man Timofey Mozgov.
Perkins, a 12-year NBA veteran with 135 playoff games, will add depth and experience to the Cavaliers, whose superstar leader LeBron James was happy to welcome him to the club.
The Land welcome my bro as well as my muscle(LOL) @KendrickPerkins to the city with open arms! Happy and thrilled to have u aboard homie!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 21, 2015
Several contending teams were interested in the 30-year-old Texan, who played for Boston from 2003-2011 and then went to Oklahoma City until being sent to Utah last week as part of a three-team trade deal and having his contract bought out by the Jazz.
Perkins has averaged only 4.0 points and 5.5 rebounds a game this season, but could be invaluable in a Cleveland locker room where championship experience is limited.
The Cavaliers have been bringing in tall talent for six months to join James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player who won two titles with Miami but returned to his hometown club last July vowing to make it a champion.
While James and Australian-born guard Kyrie Irving have manned the backcourt, forward Kevin Love was added from Minnesota to provide front-line power.
But Brazilian big man Anderson Varejao was lost for the season last December with a ruptured left Achilles tendon, forcing the Cavaliers to make a deal with Denver for Mozgov, who played under Cavaliers coach David Blatt on the 2012 London Olympic Russian bronze medal-winning team. – Rappler.com