Updated: Sunday, 15 December 2013 11:52 | By Agence France-Presse

Lakers win first game since Bryant's return

Kobe Bryant nailed a pair of free throws with 37 seconds left as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 88-85 for their first win since Bryant's return.

Lakers win first game since Bryant's return

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during his side's 88-85 win over the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 14, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina

In his fourth game after sitting out eight months following surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, Bryant also netted 21 points.

The Lakers closed the game on a 9-0 run.

The Lakers trailed 85-79 with 2:50 left after Kemba Walker nailed a jumper.

Nick Young then hit a triple and Bryant drove in for a layup with 1:22 to go to cut the Bobcats' lead to one.

After Bryant made his foul shots, Gerald Henderson was unable to get his right baseline jumper to fall. Al Jefferson seized the offensive rebound, but missed a short jump shot following a timeout.

Pau Gasol hit two free throws with six seconds on the clock and Ben Gordon's three-pointer from the right wing came up short to seal the outcome.

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