February 27, 2012
Kobe breaks nose in All-Star Game
By THE SPORTS XCHANGE
Kobe Bryant had the wrong kind of “All-Star break” on Sunday night.
The Lakers guard sustained a nasal fracture when he was fouled by Miami’s Dwyane Wade during Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game, in which Bryant and the Western Conference All-Stars defeated the East 152-149. Bryant scored 27 points in the game, breaking Michael Jordan’s All-Star record of 262 career points. Bryant has 271 for his career.
Bryant stayed in the game after being fouled by Wade, although he was bloodied. He left to be evaluated after the game’s conclusion and did not attend the postgame media session. A CT scan revealed a broken nose, and Bryant was expected to be examined and re-evaluated by ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. John Rehm when he returns to Los Angeles.
Bryant, 33, is the NBA’s leading scorer this season, averaging 28.4 points per game. The Lakers (20-14, 2nd in the Pacific Division) will face the Timberwolves on Wednesday night at the Staples Center in their first game since the All-Star break.