Kobe Bryant returned to action on Sunday night, eight months after tearing his left Achilles' tendon, but the Lakers struggled in a 106-94 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Raptors power forward Amir Johnson had a huge night, scoring 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting with nine rebounds.
Bryant finished with nine points on 2-of-9 shooting, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. But the veteran guard had eight turnovers, nearly matching the Raptors’ 12.
No Lakers starter scored in double figures. Power forward Pau Gasol had a difficult night, scoring seven points on 3-of-11 shooting.
Before the game, Toronto agreed to a trade with the Kings, sending Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to Sacramento for Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes. The deal won’t be official until Monday, but the three Raptors in the trade did not play Sunday night.
Toronto only needed eight players to beat the Lakers, shooting 48.8% from the field while holding the Lakers to 43% shooting.
The Lakers turned the ball over 19 times in falling to 10-10 on the season. They’ll host the Phoenix Suns (11-9) on Tuesday night.
Toronto (7-12) will return home to host the San Antonio Spurs (15-4) on Tuesday.
The Lakers bumbled their way through the third quarter, falling behind by as many as 14 points.
Kobe Bryant, along with the Lakers' starting unit, seemed rusty and unsure of how to attack the Raptors, especially on the defensive end.
Nick Young led a late charge to help the Lakers cut the deficit to five.
Bryant has played 21 minutes, but he has more turnovers (six) than points (five).
Raptors power forward Amir Johnson leads all scorers with 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting. Toronto is shooting 43.9% from the field and has committed only eight turnovers.
The Lakers have 16 turnovers and are shooting 45.9% from the field.