Lakers give fans a treat at Staples Center last night

Lakers fans got a nice treat last evening in the Staples Center.  On a night when long time owner Dr. Jerry Buss, who passed away earlier this week was honored, not only did the Lakers defeat the Boston Celtics, 113 – 99, they played with an energy and enthusiasm which has often been lacking this season.  Especially so for Dwight Howard, who pulled down 12 rebounds and scored 24 points.  Kobe had 16 points and 7 assists.  Steve Nash added 14 points and with his 7 assists, passed former Lakers great Magic Johnson moving into 4th place in all time career assists.  Nash orchestrated the pick&roll offense to perfection running it through Howard in the post.  With the trade deadline looming today, expiring at 3:00 pm EST, everyone continues to ponder the fate of Dwight Howard.  Atlanta and the Nets would both love to have Howard, but what do they have to offer the Lakers?  Howard is not likely to go anywhere today.  He actually looked like he was having fun playing with his teammates last night and he will remain with the Lakers I believe, at least until the season is over.  If LA can continue to play with the cohesion and energy they displayed last night, a playoff spot is certainly within their reach.

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