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Jordan Hill
Lakers beat Denver Nuggets, 98-95, in preseason opener

Curiosity circled inside the old arena and finally dropped down to midcourt. It was time to see Kobe Bryant play. The Lakers had an exhibition opener Monday and nobody cared about the final score. The stats that mattered: Bryant had 13 points on five-for-12 shooting with five assists and one dive into the courtside seats for a loose ball, as if to show everybody he still had it. He didn't look like a player who hadn't seen game action since Dec. 17. He tricked his age, 36, for at least one night. "I felt fine. I felt like I could do anything I wanted," he said. He played almost 21 minutes against the Denver Nuggets and showed no sign of the torn Achilles'...