Video: Lakers’ Kobe Bryant throws down first dunk since return from torn Achilles
After being held dunk-less during his debut on Sunday against the Raptors, Kobe Bryant threw down his first slam of the season when the Lakers lost to the Suns 114-108 at the Staples Center on Tuesday night.
Bryant’s dunk won’t make any “Dunk of the Year” lists but a milestone is a milestone as he returns from nearly eight months off due to a torn Achilles.
With Phoenix leading 14-10 midway through the first quarter, Bryant worked in isolation against P.J. Tucker on the left wing. Turning to face from roughly 15 feet out, Bryant drove to his left, using two dribbles, and turned the corner heading baseline. The Suns’ help defense was nowhere to be found and Bryant jumped off two feet to finish the uncontested dunk with his right hand.
The play brought the Lakers bench to its feet and predictably drew a large reaction from the home crowd.
Bryant tallied a team-high 20 points (on 6-for-11 shooting) and three assists in 29 minutes against the Suns. He finished with nine points (on 2-for-9 shooting), eight rebounds, four assists and eight turnovers in his debut against Toronto.
L.A. dropped to 10-11 with the loss. The Lakers are now 0-2 since Bryant’s return.
Phoenix improved to 12-9 with the win.