Odom received a standing ovation from the crowd -- as he sat in the 2 courtside tickets #24 left for him.
Bryant called the whole thing a "miracle" -- and said he talked to his old teammate before and after the game.
Dwyane Wade also spent some time with L.O. -- and tweeted, "Made losing this game not matter 'as much' after getting a chance to spend time with my guy LO. #GodisGood."
As for Odom, he said being back at Staples was "awesome" -- and admitted, "I got goosebumps."