Amir Johnson powers Raptors over Lakers, spoils Kobe’s return

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points as the Toronto Raptors spoiled Kobe Bryant’s season debut with a 106-94 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center Sunday night.

DeMar DeRozan added 26 points while Kyle Lowry had 23 points and eight assists for the Raptors, who finally beat the Lakers on the road after 10 unsuccessful tries since Dec. 28, 2001.

The Raptors led all the way despite playing without forward Rudy Gay, who is expected to be traded to Sacramento Monday.

They enjoyed their biggest lead at 72-58 late in the third following back-to-back baskets by Johnson and Lowry.

Nick Young scored 19 points and Xavier Henry added 17 for the Lakers, who went 10-9 without Bryant this season.

Bryant had nine points by going 2 for 9, grabbed eight rebounds, dsihed out four assists and committed eight turnovers in 28 minutes.

It was nearly eight months since Bryant last played, and when he finally did he struggled with his shot, his timing and his new teammates.

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