Kobe Bryant returns vs. Toronto

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Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant dribbles the ball as he is guarded by Toronto Raptors' Landry Fields, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013

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The Los Angeles Lakers legend, nearly eight months removed from an Achilles tear that cost him the end of the ill-fated 2012-13 season and first 19 games of this campaign, returned as a starter in the Lakers’ 106-94 home loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, immediately making an impact on the game on both ends – in ways both bad and good, fitting a 35-year old that had been away from the court for so long. - Kelly Dwyer

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