Dwight Howard shines in debut

Updated: October 22, 2012, 8:00 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Talk about a debut.

It might have taken The Dwight Howard Era of Los Angeles Lakers basketball a little while to get off the ground, but it appears it was well worth the wait.

Howard played his first game as a Laker in Sunday's 99-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings, nearly six months to the day after undergoing major back surgery to repair a herniated disk. It was barely noticeable that Howard had ever been out as he filled up the box score with 19 points on 8-for-12 ...

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