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 on Sunday 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.

Los Angeles took a 28-point lead in the first half and stretched it to 36 in the third quarter, with Howard dominating the paint and Bryant slipping easily into a playmaking role in the injured Nash's absence. Nash missed his second straight game with a small fracture in his left leg.

Los Angeles hadn't started a season 0-3 since 1978. That team won 15 of its next 16 games.

Hawks 104, Thunder 95: Al Horford had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Lou Williams added 10 of his 19 points during Atlanta's decisive fourth-quarter surge, and the Hawks beat host Oklahoma City.

Atlanta won despite playing without starting forward Josh Smith, who has a sprained right ankle.


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

Magic 115, Suns 94: J.J. Redick scored 24 points, and Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis had 22 each as host Orlando defeated Phoenix.

Luis Scola paced the Suns with 24 points and Michael Beasley added 22.

The Magic won without point guard Jameer Nelson and small forward Hedo Turkoglu. Turkoglu has a broken bone in his left hand. Nelson has a strained hamstring and groin and sprained ankle.

Knicks 100, 76ers 84: Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points to carry host New York past Philadelphia.

Jrue Holiday had 27 points for the 76ers.

Raptors 105, Timberwolves 86: Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each scored 22 points to help host Toronto beat Minnesota.