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Dwight Howard blocks Robin Lopez to save Lakers win (VIDEO)

Mar 7, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

There were two parts to the Lakers dramatic comeback win, when the Lakers outscored the Hornets 33-9 in the fourth quarter. One part was Kobe Bryant taking over on the offensive end of the floor. He gets most of the kudos and most of the highlights because his effort is easy to quantify.

The other part was Dwight Howard owning the paint and taking over the defensive end of the court. Notice the Hornets only scored nine points in the fourth, that maters more than the 33 — the Lakers had scored all night they just weren’t getting stops for three quarters. Howard did have a highlight defensive play, this block of Robin Lopez that sealed the Lakers win. It deserves some notice.

If the Lakers make the playoffs — they are now just 1.5 games back of the Jazz — this game will be a defining moment for the Lakers. Howard is a part of that.

  1. loungefly74 - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    oh…dwight. when you playing’ at the top of your game…man oh man…

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Dwight is looking good, Kobe has to keep him involved.

  2. aboogy123456 - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Even if they don’t like each other, Dwight Howard and Kobe are a great fit to play together. Dwight is at his best when he’s a dominant defensive force, kobe is at his best when he has the ball and is attacking. Both players can play to their strengths at the same time and not get in each other’s way. There are not many teams with two players this dominant that can play off each other. Lakers will be a scary team to play in the playoffs as they keep on improving.

    • bucrightoff - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      No they sure won’t be scary to anyone of the three likely teams who they’ll play in the first round (SA, OKC, LAC), who are 7-1 with a +73 scoring margin against the Lakers. Laker fans can keep deluding themselves into thinking making the playoffs makes them the biggest threat int he world. They still have a crappy bench, still have no atleticism, and are still awful defensively (New Orleans did have 93 points in 3 quarters.) Dream on Laker fans, its gonna be an embarassing end to an embarassing season.

  3. cosanostra71 - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I hope as Dwight continues to get healthier, we see more of this. I love me a good block. Ibaka’s block on Dwight the other day was awesome, even if it came at my team’s expense.

  4. BigBeachBall - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    can’t get any cleaner than that….

  5. fanofevilempire - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Kobe played a well balanced second half.
    Kobe and Dwight have to play off each other.
    Kobe smells blood.

  6. fotydaze - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    IT WAS THE PELICANS/HORNETS!!!! Wake up people

    • paleihe - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      I don’t care if they were playing the Sioux Falls JV team. Coming back from 25, 19 in the 4th, is extremely impressive.

    • urodaddy07 - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      I think if you have watched this Hornets team you realize that they compete night in and night out. They have a good coach and this team plays hard. They are undermanned and but this is an NBA team, they are not chumps.

  7. mgutz - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Howard is an overhyped center Lakers record speaks for itself. Lakers were never this bad and they have Kobe + Nash. Howard is not versatile. Other than his size, what skill does Dwight have? He’s lazy on the court. He’s not dominant.

    If the Lakers dont get to the conference finals, this season is a bust. It’s that simple. When they make the playoffs everyone will say how great they are to have made the playoffs with the worst record after the midway point. NO, they’re fighting for EIGHT place meaning they’re just above scrub category.

    • paleihe - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      My, what short memory you have. Did you forget his Howard’s entire career? Do you know he’s 3x Defensive Player of the Year? Do you know he helped take his team to the finals, as the biggest asset on offense and defense?

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