The warm embraces. The 45-second video montage. The loud cheers permeating throughout Staples Center.

It was an atmosphere that Mavericks forward and former Laker Lamar Odom acknowledged as "surreal." It was a feeling Lakers forward Derek Fisher acknowledged as "emotional." And following the Lakers' 73-70 win Monday over the Dallas Mavericks, it's a game that appeared to mark a turning point in Odom's development.