2009 Western Conference Finals Game 6, May 29, 2009 | Kobe Bryant didn’t want what happened to the Lakers in the conference semi-finals against Houston happen again with the Lakers coming into the opposing team’s home court with a chance to close the series out in 6 games.
After just pulling away with game 5 in a nail-biter at home, the Lakers knew it would be in their best interest to finish the job in Denver to avoid another game 7, and they responded with a nearly perfect performance. #24 led the offensive juggernaut with an unblemished stat line of 35 points (12-20 from the field), 6 rebounds, 10 assists, and only 1 turnover.
After the Nuggets hung tough in the beginning, the Lakers began to pull away late in the 2nd quarter and never looked back. LA emerged victorious in dominant fashion, winning 119-92 in a hostile environment to clinch their second consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals.