Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Dwight Howard returned to the lineup and helped the Los Angeles Lakers snap out of their worst slide in six years.
Howard tallied 22 points and 14 rebounds as the Lakers put the brakes on a six-game skid with a 113-93 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Howard, who has missed the last three games with a right shoulder injury, went 9-of-11 from the field for Los Angeles, which finally earned its first win of the new year to put an end to the team's worst losing streak since February of 2007.
Pau Gasol, though, is still out of the lineup. He missed his fourth straight game due to a concussion.
Kobe Bryant added 23 points and six assists in the victory.
Kyrie Irving recorded 15 points, seven assists and three steals for the Cavs, who have dropped seven of their last nine contests.