Although Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant grabbed all of the headlines because of his return from a torn Achilles, the Toronto Raptors were in control throughout their 106-94 victory over the Lakers Sunday.
However, for the most part, it was a struggle for the legendary Bryant. He scored nine points on two-of-nine shooting in 28 minutes of action. It was actually a struggle for all of the Lakers’ starters. Luckily, their bench kept them in the game, scoring 71 of the team’s 94 points, led by Nick Young’s 19.
The Raptors, who traded Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings earlier in the day, got a career night out Amir Johnson, who poured in 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan had 26 points, five rebounds and five assists while Kyle Lowry had 23 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
The Raptors, who were thin after the trade, played just eight players in the games.
The win improves the Raptors to 7-12 while the Lakers not sit at 10-10.