Kobe Bryant was able to raise his performance to a B grade on Monday, but the recently returned shooting guard was unable to prevent the LA Lakers from succumbing to a second successive defeat.
The Lakers went down 114-108 to the Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center in Bryant's second match since recovering from his long-term injury, which leaves them with a record of 0f 10-11 so far this season.
Bryant made his first appearance in nine months on Sunday as the Lakers lost at the hands of the Toronto Raptors, and the 35-year-old NBA legend rated his own game as an F after conceding a number of turnovers.
Against the Suns he was able to contribute 20 points, three assists and three turnovers and was much more content with the performance on a personal level. He does, though, admit the Lakers need to tighten up defensively for the rest of the season.
"The fitting in (with his teammates) part I don't think is bad at all," Bryant told reporters.
"We're doing OK. We're getting good shots. Defensively, we have some work to do."
Next up for the Lakers will be Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.