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.’’
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.