Reporting from Houston -- The Lakers were still feeling the effects of a road game gone awry in Portland, Lamar Odom not exactly thrilled with his one-game suspension for leaving the bench during a scuffle with the Trail Blazers.
Then Coach Phil Jackson approached reserve power forward Josh Powell at the Wednesday afternoon shoot-around.
"Josh, get in the first group," Jackson said, and the momentum began to turn.
Powell responded to his first start of the season with a season-high 17 points on eight-for-14 shooting. He also had nine rebounds in almost 35 minutes of the Lakers' 102-96 victory over the Houston Rockets.
"Josh Powell did a remarkable job," Kobe Bryant said.