Lakers' Howard returns from three-game absenceBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sun, Jan 13, 2013 10:20 PM EST
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, who sat out three games due to an ailing right shoulder, returned to action Sunday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Howard sustained a torn shoulder labrum Jan. 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers, then played the following game against the Denver Nuggets before sitting out road games against the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs and a home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers entered Sunday with a six-game losing streak, playing a large portion of that stretch without Howard and forward Pau Gasol. Gasol sat out the Cleveland game, the fourth consecutive game he's missed due to a concussion. Before the six-game skid, the Lakers had won six of seven. Howard began the night averaging 17.3 points and 12.4 rebounds per game.
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