LOS ANGELES After Friday nights 116-101 loss to Oklahoma City, a frustrated Mike DAntoni threw down the gauntlet to his team.
The season begins for us Sunday night, said the beleaguered head coach. Its time for us to plant our feet and make a stand. We cant wait any longer.
And for one of the few times this season on Sunday, the Lakers responded to their head coach in a positive way.
After missing three games, Dwight Howard returned powerfully from a shoulder injury to score 22 points and grab 14 rebounds as the Lakers (16-21) pummeled the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-93. The win ended a six-game losing streak and gave LA its first victory in 2013.
It was great to have Dwight back out there, said Kobe Bryant, who led the Lakers with 23 points. He looked good. I was pleased with the way he was running and with his activity. He performed well.
With Howard back, the Laker defense had one of its best games of the season, limiting the 9-30 Cavaliers to 41-percent shooting from the field...