Kobe Bryant's highly-anticipated return for the LA Lakers didn't quite go according to plan yesterday, as his side were soundly beaten 106-94 by the Toronto Raptors.

The fixture was the first time Bryant had played for the Lakers since April this year, when he sustained an Achilles tendon injury that saw him resigned to a lengthy spell off-court.

Despite numerous attempts to bring him back the 6ft 6in shooting guard only made his return on Sunday, and it was under disappointing circumstances as his side never really got going.

The NBA icon only managed to bag nine points on the night, and to be perfectly honest it was clear for all to see that a return his scintillating best form was some way off.

In stark contrast the Raptors' Amir Johnson stole the show with a career-high 32 to put the Lakers to bed.

The LA outfit have made a poor start to the season without their star man and will no doubt be hoping to improve upon their 10-10 record when they travel to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

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