The Mamba is back!

L.A. Times: Kobe Bryant made a point of finding every teammate after the game and embracing them, even thanking them.

He was indisputably back, making another mark on another 48 minutes of Lakers basketball.

He hadn’t played a game in 18 days, but there he was Tuesday, the ball in his hands and the game clock almost drained to zeros.

So he did it again, drilling a three-pointer with 4.3 seconds left that ultimately dropped the Memphis Grizzlies, 99-98, at FedEx Forum.

It was met with sarcasm.

“He’s lucky,” Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said dryly. “Very, very lucky.”

It was greeted with wonderment.

“He really stepped up at the end of the game,” Pau Gasol said, “like he was never out.”

And it was surrounded by questions.

“I lost it a little bit,” he said, leading to a few confused looks from media members.

He didn’t look like he had lost anything in his return, other than a couple of bad passes.

“My off hand lost the ball a little bit and I had to gather it a little bit,” he said.

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