In a head-to-head battle between All-Stars, Kobe Bryant displayed his defense, while Dwyane Wade groomed Michael Beasley, writes J.A. Adande.

Updated: January 12, 2009, 1:47 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com
LOS ANGELES -- This was the rare truth-in-NBA-superstar matchup hype. Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade really did go head-to-head, as proven postgame when Bryant sported four stitches under his right eyebrow and Wade held an ice bag against his dome.

That was the result of a bump when Bryant reached in to knock the ball away from a driving Wade in the fourth quarter. And it was indicative of just how intense this matchup was.

"That's what it's all about," Wade said. "That's what you play for, the matchups."


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