In his first game in Orlando since complaining his way across the country last summer, Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard had the last laugh against his former team.
Howard did a little bit of everything in his return to Orlando, leading the Lakers to victory while trash-talking fans, scoring 39 points and boring the hell out of NBA fans everywhere by shooting 39 free throws.
Roundly booed when his name was announced, Howard brushed off the jeers and was caught on camera several times offering taunts of his own at the Magic crowd, including once joking about a fan’s mother.
The game itself was marred with a sluggish pace thanks to the intentional foul policy embraced by the Magic. Howard, a legendarily poor free throw shooter, was sent to the free throw line 39 times, tying his own NBA record.
He responded by being uncharacteristically solid from the charity stripe, knocking down 16-of-20 free throws in the second half.