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Originally published Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 9:49 PM

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Lakers crush Detroit 108-79 for first victory

Dwight Howard scored 28 points, Kobe Bryant had 15 points and eight assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers finally got their first victory...

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LOS ANGELES — Dwight Howard scored 28 points, Kobe Bryant had 15 points and eight assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers finally got their first victory of the season, 108-79 over the winless Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

Metta World Peace scored 18 points and Pau Gasol scored 14 for the Lakers, who went 0-8 in the preseason and started the regular season 0-3 for just the fourth time in franchise history.

The Lakers' growing worries about their new offense and their roster's durability vanished for a day against the struggling Pistons, who never led.

Steve Nash missed his second game with a small fracture in his left leg.

Los Angeles took a 28-point lead in the first half and stretched it to 36 points in the third quarter, with Howard dominating the paint and Bryant slipping easily into a playmaking role in the injured Nash's absence.

Howard excelled in the paint against Greg Monroe, making 12 of 14 shots.

Notes

Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points, JR Smith had 20, and the host New York Knicks rode another big three-point shooting night to a 100-84 victory over Philadelphia in the opener of home-and-home series.

Jason Kidd had 12 points and six assists, and Raymond Felton had 11 points for the Knicks (2-0), who followed their 19 three-pointers in a season-opening victory over Miami by making 11.

Jrue Holiday had 27 points and seven assists for the 76ers (1-1).

Al Horford had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Lou Williams had 10 of his 19 points during Atlanta's decisive fourth-quarter surge and the Hawks beat host Oklahoma City 104-95.

Kevin Martin scored 28 points off the bench to lead the Thunder and Kevin Durant had 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.

Jason Levien, a former co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, has agreed to become the chief executive officer and managing partner for the new group that just took over the Memphis Grizzlies.

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