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Kobe Bryant has broken nose

Feb. 27, 2012 at 3:34 PM   |   Comments

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ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant's nose was broken when he was hit by Dwyane Wade during the NBA All-Star Game, the team said.

The Lakers said Bryant sustained a nasal fracture and was to be re-evaluated by an ear, nose and throat specialist Monday after returning to Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Bryant, who scored 27 points in the West's victory Sunday night in Orlando, Fla., skipped a post-game media session, saying he was experiencing "headaches," the newspaper said.

It appeared Bryant was hurt in the third quarter when he was fouled by Wade. He hit his first free throw before going to the bench to have a trainer examine his bloody nose. He then made his second foul shot.

Minutes later, he surpassed Michael Jordan's record of 262 points for most post-season points, finishing 271 career points by game's end.

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