Dwight Howard had a vintage performance in Lakers’ dominant Game 1 win
Dwight Howard barely played in the Lakers 4-1 series win over the Houston Rockets, relegated to the bench as Los Angeles played small ball to match Houston’s signature style. After playing just 16 total minutes in the Western Conference semifinals, Howard finally returned to the court to play a significant role against the Denver Nuggets – and he looked like the former three-time defensive player of the year the Lakers hoped he could be at age 34.
In 16 minutes on the floor, Howard had 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, and was +14 for the night. He also played a key role in getting Nuggets star Nikola Jokic in foul trouble, annoying Jokic with physical play in the key.
Dwight is bringing it on the defensive side 😤🤚
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— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) September 19, 2020