However, Laker Nation didn't see it as just another game, and they voiced their pleasure with the one-time Laker's struggles in the Houston Rockets' 99-98 loss.
Here's a look at some of the reaction from a select few of the many who chimed in on Twitter before, during and after the Lakers' dramatic win.
It started early with Dwight dancing in the Rockets' pregame huddle:
As for those who feel Dwight didn't commit himself to the Lakers last season? They've got to be feeling pretty good about the outcome of Thursday night's contest, as his effort was consistent with what Lakers fans saw night-in and night-out during the 2012-13 campaign:
And what sport exactly was Dwight seen playing on Thursday night's ticket?:
Kobe Bryant was in a facetious mood pregame when asked about his current relationship with Howard:
The Inside the NBA crew didn't seem particularly pleased with Dwight's effort, either. He finished with 15 points and 14 boards, but was far from assertive in the post. Post-ups were a rare sight:
He also managed to post a triple-double. Just not in the way you would expect:
It even seemed like Mike D'Antoni and the Lakers were having a laugh at Dwight's expense:
The sweetest missed free throws, though, came after an inbounds pass fell into Howard's lap with under a minute to go and Pau Gasol was free to hack away:
The awkward part? Dwight didn't seem to think he was to blame for the Rockets' struggles from the charity stripe:
B/R's Kevin Ding may have said it best, though, regarding the symbolism of Steve Blake's game-winner:
In the end, the win was nice. But the way it unfolded made it that much sweeter:
Everyone likes a Dwight Howard struggle face:
Thus far, the Lakers' win over the Rockets was easily their sweetest of the season. A 3-3 record never felt so good:
And the night wouldn't have been complete without a comment from everyone's favorite Lakers pundit, Magic Johnson: