Is Kobe Bryant giving love a second chance?

The Lakers returned from their road trip to beat the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday, but that wasn't what had social media buzzing in L.A. late on Valentine's Day. Vanessa Bryant, Kobe's ex-wife, attended her first game of the season at Staples Center, according to the Orange County Register's Kevin Ding.

Just 61 days ago, Vanessa split up with the Lakers star, filing for divorce on December 16 in Orange County's Superior Court of California, citing "irreconcilable differences." She won $75 million and three mansions in a divorce settlement with the NBA star, according to the New York Post (via TMZ).

Right alongside Jeremy Lin, Kate Upton and Best Valentine's Day, Vanessa Bryant was a trending topic on the microblogging site Twitter in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

The fact that Vanessa Bryant, 29, witnessed her first game of the season on Valentine's Day, apparently without the former couple's children, is intriguing for romantics thinking reconciliation could be in the works. Fueling hopes and speculation is the fact that she waited outside the Lakers' locker room after the game to see Kobe.

A photo of Vanessa (from the back) wearing red high heels, quickly made its way around Twitter. (See below.)

As for Kobe's work life, his Lakers are 17-12 after Tuesday's win over the Hawks. Bryant, 33, ranked among the league leaders in points (29.3), assists (5.0), FT pct. (.845) and minutes (38.4) heading into the game. The 14-time All-Star now ranks first on the Lakers franchise regular season and postseason scoring list.

More photos of Kobe and Vanessa popped up on TMZ, as well:

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