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Howard leads Lakers with 24 points in emotional 113-99 win over Boston

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    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, passes around Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press

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    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Chris Wilcox, right, and guard Jason Terry (4) during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press

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    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant point to the Buss family suite during a memorial for late owner Jerry Buss before an NBA basketball game between the Lakers and the Boston Celtics, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Los Angeles. Buss died Monday after a battle with cancer. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press

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    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) battles Boston Celtics center Jason Collins for a rebound during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press

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    Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss, left, watches with friends and family during a memorial for her late father and team owner Jerry Buss before an NBA basketball game between the Lakers and the Boston Celtics, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Los Angeles. Jerry Buss died Monday after a battle with cancer. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press

Dwight Howard had 24 points and 12 rebounds in helping the Los Angeles Lakers to an emotional 113-99 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night in their first game since the death of owner Jerry Buss.

Kobe Bryant added 16 points, Steve Nash and Earl Clark had 14 apiece, and Metta World Peace 12 in a game that surely would have delighted Buss, who always loved to win but especially liked beating the Celtics.

The Lakers won their most recent NBA championship — and last under Buss — in 2010, defeating the Celtics 4-3 in the finals. Buss died Monday at 80 after an 18-month struggle with cancer that had forced him to watch his team's games on TV or an iPad instead of from his suite above the Staples Center court.