Although Kobe Bryant hates to disappoint everybody who thinks his 33-point performance in a win over the Miami Heat was payback to Dwyane Wade for breaking his nose in the All-Star Game a week ago, that particular Hollywood fable just isn’t true. “He knew I was going to be ready regardless,” Bryant said. Yet the legend of the “Masked Mamba” will only grow after the Los Angeles Lakers finally struck a few blows of their own in this previously one-sided matchup with mighty Miami. Bryant produced his third straight dynamic 30-point game while wearing a clear protective mask over his still-tender nose, while Wade managed just 16 points before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 93-83 victory Sunday.
NBA: Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers