ESPN made such a big deal of Wade's inadvertent foul on Kobe, you could see the Pacers Lakers were fired up and the game got chippy at times, & Wade was booed from the start...
Somehow the undermanned, undersized Heat remained competitive and Kobe converted tough shot after tough shot despite some excellent D by Battier
The officiating was poor, but in the end a team with a frontline of Bynum and Gasol managed to outduel the likes of Haslem, Joel Anthony, Juwan Howard and Dexter Pitman
I doubt ESPN had anything to do with that. It was an All Star game and you break someones nose and give him a mild concussion and you don't want Kobe to be fired up? And Kobes been chucking up shots no matter who is guarding him ever since Shaq left 9even before), don't act like it's the first time it's happened.