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Dwight Howard Scores Double-Double In Debut With Lakers

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 21:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers rebounds against the Sacramento Kings during a pre-season game at Staples Center on October 21, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 21: Dwight Howard #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers rebounds against the Sacramento Kings during a pre-season game at Staples Center on October 21, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Dwight Howard had 19 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots in his Lakers debut, but Los Angeles still dropped to 0-6 in the preseason whenDeMarcus Cousins rallied the Sacramento Kings to a 99-92 victory on Sunday night.

The Lakers finally unveiled their new franchise center after Howard sat out the first five preseason games while exercising caution with his surgically repaired back. The six-time All-Star played 33 minutes and made five turnovers, overcoming six months of game rust with energy from the opening tip.

Kobe Bryant scored 21 points as the Lakers’ new starting five got its first game action together, playing down the stretch of a tight game against the Kings, who finished the game with 10 unanswered points.

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