The first of those apologies, Wade said, came during the game when he saw Bryant's face had been bloodied. Wade also said he sent the Lakers' star a message after the game.
"It's unfortunate, obviously," Wade said yesterday. "I don't want to ever hurt anybody in this game, especially on a freak play like that. It's unfortunate. I send my apologies. But it's not intentional. If it's something I did intentionally, it'd be a different story."
"D-Wade didn't, at all, go for a hard foul," LeBron James said. "He went to wrap his arms up and accidentally hit him in the nose. He meant to foul him but he didn't mean to hard-foul him like that."
Wade acknowledged that he did try to foul Bryant, and said he did so to stop the clock so he could approach a referee to complain about fouls that he felt were committed against him and went uncalled.
Wade and the Heat will head West to face Bryant and the Lakers over the weekend.
"When I saw the blood in his nose, I was like, 'Obviously, I wasn't trying to do that, man,' " Wade said. "I don't know if anybody wants me to get down on my knees in front of the world and do it. I don't have to do that. I send my apologies to Kobe and I move on from it."
Lamar Odom still hasn't rejoined the Dallas Mavericks, who resumed play after the All-Star break at home last night against New Jersey. Odom missed the previous game before the break when coach Rick Carlisle said he was excused for a family matter and would rejoin the team after the break. Mavs owner Mark Cuban, without being specific on the reason for Odom's absence, said the team will do everything it can to support him and get him back.
In the game, Brooks Lopez shot 17-for-38 and scored 38 points as the Nets edged the Mavericks, 93-92. Dirk Nowitzki's 24 points paced the Mavs. Kris Humphreys, Odom's former brother-in-law, had 15 rebounds.
In games last night *
At Cleveland, Ray Allen scored 22 points, Kevin Garnett added 18 and the Boston Celtics beat the Cavaliers, 86-83, to snap a five-game losing streak. Kyrie Irving returned to the game after suffering a bruised elbow that sidelined him late in the second quarter and led Cleveland with 24 points, 19 in the second half.
* At Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 25 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat Golden State, 102-78, their fifth straight win. Tyler Hansbrough scored 15 points and Roy Hibbert added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who remained in third place in the Eastern Conference. Monta Ellis and Brandon Rush each scored 14 points for the Warriors, who finished with a season low in points.
* At Chicago, Derrick Rose scored 32 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 19.4 seconds left, and the Bulls closed with an 8-0 run to beat the New Orleans Hornets, 99-95.
* At Houston, Kyle Lowry scored 26 points, Luis Scola had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors, 88-85. Houston has won 25 consecutive games when holding their opponent below 90 points.
* At Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 18 rebounds and Marcus Thornton added 21 points as the Kings defeated the Utah Jazz, 103-96.
* At Milwaukee, Ersan Ilyasova scored on a tip-in with 2.2 seconds left and the Bucks beat Washington, 119-118, handing the Wizards their fifth consecutive defeat. Mike Dunleavy scored a season-high 28 points for the Bucks, who snapped a six-game home losing streak.