Bryant cleared to play by neurologist

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was Star Game.

According to the Lakers, Bryant aced every test proctored by neurologist Dr. Vern Williams, who said most of Bryant's issues were related to a neck issue, not his concussion.

Bryant started Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves wearing a protective mask.

His status had been day-to-day after the guard was found to have sustained a concussion in addition to the broken nose he suffered in the All-Star Game.

The Lakers said Tuesday that Bryant's nasal fracture was confirmed by an ear, nose and throat specialist. A neurologist later diagnosed the star with a concussion.

Bryant's nose was left bloodied after a hard foul by Miami's Dwyane Wade in the third quarter of Sunday's game. Results of a CT scan after the game showed that Bryant suffered a nasal fracture.

The Lakers guard passed Michael Jordan as the all-time leading scorer in All- Star Games after netting 27 points in the West's 152-149 victory.

Bryant has averaged 28.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 34 games this season.