Video: Heated Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony Get Into It in Game 4

Robert Marvi
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The Los Angeles Lakers are dominating Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers.

L.A. scored the first 15 points of the contest and led by as many as 30 in the first half. It was aided by 17 fast-break points and a combined 40 points from LeBron James and Anthony Davis by halftime.

In danger of falling behind 3-1 in the series, the Blazers may have been driven to frustration, as Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard starting tussling at one point.

Both Anthony and Howard have enjoyed a resurgence of sorts with their respective teams this season.

The former Syracuse University standout looked washed up the past few seasons, and he began the 2019-20 campaign without a team.

The Blazers gave him a chance by signing him on Nov. 19, and he has responded by raising his efficiency and giving his new team a lift offensively.

Howard was once arguably the best big man in the NBA, especially on the defensive end. But during his first stint with the Purple and Gold in the 2012-13 season, he started to become a social pariah.

This season, however, Howard has been a positive influence on the team while embracing a greatly reduced role off the bench.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.