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Kobe back after missing five games

Updated: February 23, 2010, 10:57 PM ET
ESPN.com

Kobe Bryant's 18-day layoff, a stretch that included five missed games, came to an end Tuesday as he rejoined the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup in Memphis.

And boy did he have an impact.

Bryant, who hasn't played since Feb. 5 because of a sprained left ankle and strained tendon in his left leg, scored 32 points, including a 3-pointer with four seconds left to give the Lakers a 99-98 win.

The 14-year veteran declared he'd be "good to go" after the Lakers practiced Monday. Bryant ...

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