Kobe Bryant moved past Michael Jordan to become the leading NBA all-star game scorer but the milestone proved costly as the Los Angeles Lakers superstar suffered a broken nose Sunday.
LOS ANGELES: The 33-year-old American Bryant fractured his nose in the third quarter after being hit in the face by Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade.
Wade was assessed a foul for reaching in and slapping Bryant on the face and shoulder with just under nine minutes to go in the quarter.
Bryant finished with 27 points and had 271 career all-star game points by the end of the 61st NBA All-Star Game which was won by the Western Conference 152-149.
A bloodied Bryant stepped up to the free-throw line and sank both shots. He remained in the game, playing eight minutes in the fourth quarter and helping the West hold off a late charge by Team East.
“An initial CT scan revealed a nasal fracture and he will be re-evaluated on Tuesday,” Lakers spokesman John Black said Monday.
The Lakers said they would not know until doctors examined the nose Tuesday whether the four-time all-star game MVP Bryant would be able to play in the Lakers next game on Wednesday against Minnesota.
The Lakers host Miami on Sunday at Staples Center arena.
Wade made no attempt to apologize for slapping Bryant, painting himself as the victim of two earlier fouls from Bryant.