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2009 Western Conference Semifinals Game 2, May 6, 2009 | Very entertaining and physical game between the Lakers and Rockets with the stakes very high. Kobe was on a mission to keep the Lakers from facing a disastrous 0-2 series deficit against the 5th seeded underdog. He came out gunning, dropping 15 points in the first quarter. In a game that featured Luis Scola being wiped out by Derek Fisher and Ron Artest being ejected after getting in Kobe's face over an apparent elbow to the neck, KB wouldn't be sidetracked from the task at hand. He totaled an ultra-efficient 40 points on 27 shots, doing most of his damage against the likes of Shane Battier. The rest of the Lakers would follow Kobe's lead to a 111-98 win to even up the series going in to Houston.