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Kobe Bryant's Return: Live Highlights and Reaction for Lakers vs. Raptors

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 8: Kobe Bryant
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Toronto Raptors, 106-94, in Kobe Bryant's first game back since tearing his Achilles last April. 

In 28 minutes, Bryant managed just nine points (2-of-9 shooting), eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and eight turnovers, looking a step slow throughout as he continued to adjust to the pace of the game and knock off some lingering rust. 

It also didn't help that the Lakers received very little help from Pau Gasol, who shot a putrid 3-of-11 from the floor, scoring seven points in the loss. He didn't play a single second in the fourth quarter. 

The saving grace for the Lakers was the performance of the team's second unit, which has been spectacular all season long. 

Xavier Henry poured in 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting while Nick Young added a team-high 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting. All five of the Lakers' double-figure scorers came off the bench. 

The Raptors, on the other hand, were in an offensive groove throughout, gashing the Lakers on the interior from start to finish.

In a game in which the Raptors didn't once surrender the lead, they piled up 62 points in the paint, 30 more than the opposing Lakers. 

Amir Johnson was the star of the show for Toronto, scoring a career-high 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting while Kyle Lowry added 23 points and eight dimes in the win. DeMar DeRozan added 26 points, five rebounds and five assists.  

With the loss the Lakers fall to 10-10 on the season. They're slated for a matchup with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. 

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