The Los Angeles Lakers are on the board after beating the Utah Jazz 95-86 for their first win of the season.
LeBron James led the way with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Anthony Davis added 21 points, seven rebounds and five blocks. Troy Daniels provided a spark off the bench, knocking down 4-of-8 from the three-point line on his way to 15 points.
Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points on the night, adding five rebounds, three assists and three steals, with Mike Conley the only other Jazz starter in double figures with 13.
Here are the key takeaways from the Lakers' victory:
Lakers have the framework of a solid defence
While many questions remain surrounding the chemistry the new-look Lakers will be able to build, the early signs on the defensive side of the ball are promising.
While the Jazz continue to suffer through a teamwide shooting slump to start the season, at least some of the credit needs to head to the Lakers, who were able to frustrate the Jazz into taking tough, contested shots, and far too many turnovers.
With Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Danny Green at the forefront, Frank Vogel's squad has an impressive array of defensive talent, and the performance against the Jazz will buoy fans of the purple and gold.
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The Jazz were held to just 41.4 percent shooting from the field, and committed 22 turnovers on the night.
Against a team that is expected to contend for a top seed in the Western Conference, this was an impressive early-season statement.
Dwight Howard still has something left in the tank
After seeing the floor in just nine games last season, it was fair to wonder how much the eight-time All-Star had left in him. If the early indications are anything to go by, he certainly still looks like he can be a positive contributor in his second go around in LA.
Playing in a reserve role behind JaVale McGee, Howard looked every bit a difference-maker with the second unit, flashing his excellent nose for finding the ball off the glass, and using his still hulking frame to muscle his way into position under the basket.
Howard reeled in seven rebounds in 19 minutes of court time, while also swatting a highlight-reel block into the stands on a Mike Conley shot attempt in the second quarter.
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No, Howard is no longer the same All-Star calibre player we were used to seeing in his Orlando days, but he does look like he can be a vauable rotation player, and that is exactly what the Lakers need.
Mike Conley is yet to find the range
A 44 percent shooter from the field and 37 percent shooter from beyond the arc over his career, Mike Conley has been an efficient scorer of the ball throughout his 12 seasons in the league prior to joining Utah in the offseason.
Through two games with the Jazz, Conley is 4-of-27 (14.8%) from the field and 1-of-11 (9%) from three.
Conley is a veteran player whose shooting will no doubt come around as he shakes the preseason rust off, but it's been a rough start so far. After a night where not a lot went to plan for Utah offensively, Conley will be hoping his shooting takes a turn for the better sooner rather than later.