The Lakers have finally climbed above .500 to 6-5 despite losing point guard Steve Nash in the second game of the season to a leg injury.
Through 11 games, center Dwight Howard has averaged 20.3 points, 11.7 boards and 2.8 blocks a game. He's hitting 61.8% of his shots from the floor. However, he's struggled in two areas: turnovers (3.4 a night) and free throw shooting (48.4%).
On Tuesday night, Howard's aim was so off, Brooklyn Nets Coach Avery Johnson asked his players to foul Howard away from the ball to put him on the line. Howard finished with 23 points but hit just 7-19 free throws.
"The free throws will come," Howard said. "They'll get there. Just gotta keep playing."
He noted that the fans at Staples Center helped him through a rough night.
"I think the fans tonight, they booed for a second, and then a lot of fans started cheering," Howard said after the game. "The fans did a great job cheering me on."