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Added February 27th, 2012 by James

Dwyane Wade breaks Kobe Bryant’s nose with hard foul in All-Star game

The NBA All-Star for this shortened season is officially in the books with plenty of highlights and some controversy late in the game. With no clear favorite between the Eastern and Western Conference All-Stars this season, there was no telling which team would come out on top or actually play some defense.

Obviously, this game is much like the NFL Pro Bowl in terms of no player wanting to get hurt or hurt another player. This year that distinction seems to have changed a bit with superstar Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) suffering a broken nose and concussion-like symptoms after a hard foul from Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) when driving to the basket.

It would be hard to believe that Dwyane Wade had the intent of hurting Kobe Bryant, but breaking someone’s nose is no easy task. Fortunately, Kobe is arguably the toughest player in the NBA today and has no problem playing through pain. After suffering this nasal fracture, the Black Mamba went on to pass NBA legend Michael Jordan as the All-Star game leading scorer with a total of 271 points.

Setting another NBA milestone that will probably stand the test of time may have been enough to make Kobe Bryant forget his broken nose and massive headache. As of result of Kobe’s 27 points and All-Star MVP Kevin Durant’s game-high 36 points, the West went on to beat the East, 152-149.

Kobe Bryant will be re-evaluated by a doctor in Los Angeles on Monday to find out the extent of the injury. There is a chance that Kobe might have to wear a protective mask for a while to keep from suffering from further injury to the broken nose.

The Los Angeles Lakers next game is on Wednesday night at Staples Center against Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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