Kobe Bryant Better In Second Game Back, But Suns Take Win


Kobe Bryant looks like he is getting back to his old self, but the Lakers are still struggling with wins after a second defeat since the starting guard’s return.

The Lakers faced a 114-108 defeat against the Phoenix Suns Tuesday night.

Though the defeat was hard to swallow, the improvement in the star player’s performance was definitely apparent.

“I was expecting to get two wins here, and we got two losses, so that’s the downside of it,” Lakers forward Pau Gasol said. “The good side is that Kobe’s back, and you could definitely see a big improvement tonight from the first game. And now we’ve just got to continue to work moving forward.”

The highlights of Bryant’s night included racking in 20 points in 29 minutes along with his first slam dunk of the season.

Bryant seems to be content with his progress as he graded his performance a “B” compared to the very critical self-evaluation of his returning performance. In his first game back from an Achilles tendon tear he graded himself an “F” for performance.

“It’s a process,” said Bryant. “You just have to figure out what you can and can’t do. Every game, just try and step out and do a little more and do a little more and go from there.”

Watch Kobe’s slam dunk below!

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