The Los Angeles Lakers earned their long-awaited first win of the NBA season Sunday night, destroying the Detroit Pistons 108-79.
Los Angeles received double-digit performances from five different players, but Dwight Howard stole the show. The center dropped 28 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots.
Howard's play allowed Kobe Bryant to take a backseat role, although the star guard still scored 15 points and dished out eight assists. With Steve Nash out of the lineup, the Lakers needed someone to contribute on the perimeter, and Steve Blake was able to get the job done despite lacking big numbers.
If you couldn't tell, this game was never close. Los Angeles won the first quarter 34-13 and never looked back.
For the complete box score, check out NBA.com.
Player of the Game: Dwight Howard
Howard scored 28 points and combined with Pau Gasol to control the paint defensively. Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond only had 13 points total for Detroit, and Howard's menacing presence played a huge part in that.
The Lakers need this from Howard every night until they can get things on the right track. He's the best center in the league, and nights like this show why the Lakers acquired him this offseason.
What's Next for the Detroit Pistons?
The 0-3 Pistons will try and turn things around when they travel to face the Denver Nuggets Tuesday night.
What's Next for the Los Angeles Lakers?
The 1-3 Lakers will try and continue this momentum on the road against the Utah Jazz Wednesday night.