Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Kobe Bryant should make his return to the Los Angeles Lakers in their game against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
This is the All-Star guard's first game since sustaining an ACL injury late last season.
Without Bryant, the Lakers barely managed to go .500 after posting a 10-9 record.
Los Angeles is coming off a 106-100 road win over the Sacramento Kings.
Jodie Meeks sank two triples in the final minutes as the Lakers came back from a 10-point deficit in the third period.
The talented guard finished with 19 points. Pau Gasol also scored 19 and grabbed seven rebounds while Nick Young chipped in 14 off the bench.
Steve Blake had 13 points and 10 assists and Wesley Johnson also delivered 13 for the Lakers, who outscored the Kings 25-13 in the final period.
Robert Sacre, who made his first start this season, tallied 11 points.
It was a breakthrough win for the Lakers, who were also without Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Chris Kaman.
The Raptors (6-12), meanwhile, arrived in Los Angeles on a five-game skid.
Their woes continued Friday after a 97-106 defeat at Phoenix.
Amir Johnson came off the bench to lead Toronto with 22 points and seven rebounds while Kyle Lowry had 21 points and seven assists.
Rudy Gay had 17 points and 10 rebounds while Jonas Valanciunas finished with 11 and 10 boards.
Leading scorer DeMar DeRozan had a quiet 13 points and went 5-of-15 from the field.
Adding to Toronto's woes is the uncertain status of power forward Tyler Hansbrough, who sustained a shoulder injury in their last game and left in the first quarter.
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