Moments after Dwight Howard was ejected during the third quarter of Game 4, Bryant used crutches to join the team and take a seat behind the bench. It was the first time that Bryant had joined the Lakers during a game since suffering a season-ending Achilles injury earlier this month.
The crowd responded with a standing ovation and chants of "M-V-P" as Bryant settled into his seat and offered high-fives to fans. Bryant, who stopped posting Twitter messages during games against the Spurs because he did not want to be a distraction, did not conduct a post-game interview.
San Antonio defeated L.A. 103-82 and will advance to face the winner of Denver/Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals. The Warriors hold a 3-1 series lead.An SI.com roundtable batted around the key questions step away for a couple weeks