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.
Dave McMenamin explains how Paul George's decision to play for the United States team impacted LeBron James' decision to sit out of this year's summer games.
The NBA's Rookie of the Year won't be playing internationally for the United States, instead remains loyal to his Dominican roots.
Within just a few hours of Thursday night's NBA draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly shopping Serge Ibaka.