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Walton returns after sitting 22 games

Updated: April 4, 2010, 10:28 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Luke Walton was in his twenties the last time he played a game in the NBA, back on Feb. 10. Now, 52 days and 22 missed games later, he's 30 years old and back in the Lakers' lineup, recovered from a pinched nerve in his lower back.

Walton checked into Sunday's 100-81 loss to the San Antonio Spurs with 8:58 remaining in the second quarter and was greeted by a chorus of "Luuuuuuuuuuke" from the fans in the stands at Staples Center. Missed for his ability to kick the offense ...

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