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NBA Report: Lakers defeat Pistons

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

Metta World Peace scored 18 points and Pau Gasol added 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 despite adding Howard and Steve Nash over the summer.

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

Jonas Jerebko scored 18 points for Detroit in the second stop on a difficult six-game road trip.

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.

Hawks 104, Thunder 95: Al Horford had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Lou Williams added 10 of his 19 points during Atlanta's fourth-quarter surge. "I thought the guys just came in here and rolled their sleeves up and played four solid quarters, and we're just really happy that we came in here and got a win," Drew said.

Williams hit a three-pointer, a 24-foot jumper and converted a three-point play off a driving scoop in the lane during a 12-4 push midway through the fourth quarter that put the Hawks in front to stay. Williams' two free throws made it 91-84 with 4:44 to play, and Atlanta held off a final charge by Oklahoma City.

Williams scored 14 points overall during the fourth quarter as the Hawks won their road opener despite playing without starting forward Josh Smith, who was out because of a sprained right ankle.

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

The Thunder's 21 turnovers led to 31 Atlanta points.

"I wish I could have had a couple of those turnovers back," said Durant, who has 20 assists and 16 turnovers in three games this season. Magic 115, Suns 94: J.J. Redick scored 24 points, Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis each had 22 points, and Nikola Vucevic added 18 points and 13 rebounds as host Orlando rallied. The Magic trailed by as many as 13 points early in the second half but used a 40-point third quarter to build as much as a 21-point cushion in the fourth. Luis Scola led the Suns with 24 points and Michael Beasley added 22. But Phoenix's shooting eroded overall in the second half.

Raptors 105, T-wolves 86: Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each scored 22 points, Alan Anderson had 18 and host Toronto earned its first victory of the season. Andrea Bargnani scored 10 points as the Raptors extended Minnesota's miserable record against Toronto. The Raptors have won 15 of the past 16 meetings, including nine straight at home. -- AP

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