In 2009, Kobe Bryant finally got a ring without Shaq. Before he could do that, he had to get past Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets. After the teams split the first two games of the Western Conference Finals in Los Angeles, the Lakers took back home-court advantage with a 103-97 win in Denver. Kobe scored 41.

Kobe went 12 of 24 from the field and 15 of 17 from the line to go along with six rebounds, five assists and two steals.