Perhaps inspired by an emotional tribute to the late Dr. Jerry Buss prior to the game Wednesday night, the Lakers went out and dismantled the Celtics. Even better news for Los Angeles: Dwight Howard finally looked like the player the Lakers thought they were getting in the offseason. Whether it's because he was motivated, or healthy, or some other reason, it's clear that an effective Howard can only help the Lakers as they struggle to make the playoffs.

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A new-look Howard?

Dwight Howard's stats: 24 points, 12 rebounds, and a whole host of times when he looked dominant on both ends of the court.


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