Bryant rejoined the Lakers after having a procedure on his knee performed overseas. He received an ovation when he walked onto the floor in sweats during warm-ups, and sat on the bench during the game. Bryant, who is also recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, was not made available to the media but reported progress in an in-house television interview.
JaVale McGee led Denver with 14 points.
Game 1 against Golden State revealed a number of issues the Trail Blazers will have to overcome, not least of which is how their lineup matches up.
Former Cavs coach David Blatt will interview for the Kings' head-coaching vacancy, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
He may never receive the "superstar" label, but Sunday's triple-double is another indication Draymond Green may be the NBA's best all-around player.