12/08 22:58 CST Kobe returns, but Raptors beat Lakers 106-94
Kobe returns, but Raptors beat Lakers 106-94
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant had nine points and eight rebounds in his
season debut for the Lakers, but Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points in
the trade-depleted Toronto Raptors' 106-94 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday
Bryant began his 18th NBA season by going 2 for 9 with four assists and eight
turnovers in 28 minutes. The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history hadn't played
since tearing his Achilles tendon in April, undergoing several months of
rehabilitation to return for Los Angeles' 20th game of the new season.
But the Lakers never led, and Toronto improbably snapped its five-game losing
streak despite playing without forward Rudy Gay, who is expected to be traded
to Sacramento on Monday as the centerpiece of an apparent seven-player deal.