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NBA roundup: Kobe Bryant scheduled to return Sunday

Kobe Bryant will return to the lineup on Sunday against the Raptors.

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Kobe Bryant will return to the lineup on Sunday against the Raptors.

Kobe Bryant will make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles’ tendon when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.

In a dramatic video posted on his Facebook page before the Lakers played at Sacramento on Friday night, Bryant set his much-anticipated comeback date. The video, which was also uploaded to the team’s Facebook page, was titled: ‘‘Seasons of Legend. Lakers announce Kobe’s return.’’

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Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said Bryant will likely be eased back into the lineup, though he declined to discuss how many minutes the 35-year-old guard will play in his first game.

Asked what his expectations are for Bryant this season, D’Antoni said, ‘‘That he’ll be a dominant player.’’

Bryant did not travel with the team to Sacramento for the Lakers’ 106-100 victory. Jodie Meeks (19 points) made two huge 3-pointers in the final minutes and Pau Gasol had 19 points and seven rebounds in the win .

Knicks 121, Magic 83 — Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and 11 rebounds as New York snapped a seven-game home losing streak by knocking off Orlando.

Hawks 108, Cavaliers 89 — Kyle Korver set the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer, Al Horford scored 22 points, and host Atlanta beat Cleveland.

Korver’s 3-pointer with 5:29 remaining in the first quarter gave him at least one in his 90th straight game, breaking a tie with Dana Barros (1994-96).

Rockets 105, Warriors 83 — James Harden scored 34 points, Dwight Howard had 22 points and 18 rebounds, and Houston beat visiting Golden State.

Suns 106, Raptors 97 — Markieff Morris made his first 11 shots en route to a 25-point performance and host Phoenix handed Toronto its fifth straight loss.

Trail Blazers 130, Jazz 98 — Wesley Matthews scored 24 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points and 15 rebounds, and host Portland beat Utah to run its winning streak to 12 games.

Thunder 109, Pelicans 95 — Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook added 25, and Oklahoma City beat host New Orleans for the ninth straight time.

Bucks 109, Wizards 105— Khris Middleton scored a career-high 29 points and Brandon Knight added 20 as Milwaukee won in overtime in Washington.

Bobcats 105, 76ers 88 — Jeffery Taylor matched a career high with 20 points, leading six Charlotte scorers in double figures to beat visiting Philadelphia.

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