Bryant — back after missing 76 games last season, including the final 57 due to a fractured left knee — shot 5 for 12 from the field.
Ty Lawson scored 14 points to lead Denver.
Bryant missed two of his first three shots, including his first attempt, a 15-footer which just grazed the net. However, he moved easily and had little trouble creating separation from defenders on his shot.
The Nuggets led 54-51 at halftime.