Perkins keeping up with Jefferson

BOSTON -- Maybe, just maybe, the Minnesota Timberwolves picked the wrong young big man.

Al Jefferson registered 20 points and 10 rebounds in another quality outing against his old team, the Boston Celtics, but good friend and former teammate Kendrick Perkins finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks to help the Celtics emerge with a 122-104 triumph Sunday night at TD Garden.

While Jefferson is among the top scorers in basketball -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers joked before the game that Jefferson could "score in his sleep" -- Perkins continues to flourish at both ends of the court.

And while the Timberwolves almost certainly have no regrets about the key piece of the deal that brought Kevin Garnett to Boston, Perkins -- like Jefferson -- is quickly establishing himself among the top young big men in the game.

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