Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/26/13
LOS ANGELES -- After a week of hand-wringing, meetings, contemplation, challenges and promises, the Los Angeles Lakers were finally ready to do something fun Friday. Specifically, win a basketball game. While their 102-84 victory over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center wasn't perfect and it certainly won't erase the misery that's been the first two months of their season, maybe it can be a catalyst for a new beginning. That remains to be seen, of course and, with Oklahoma City visiting Los Angeles on Sunday, the Lakers' Friday fun night might be short lived. But considering the tumultuous week they just experienced, their star players seemed to be on the same page at the same time. Dwight Howard, back in the lineup after leaving Wednesday's game in Memphis after aggravating a shoulder injury, played contently in Mike D'Antoni's offense. He was effective on both ends of the floor, scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Kobe Bryant played patiently and unselfishly, scori...
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