On This Date in NBA Playoffs History: May 17, The 2009 Lakers Won Second-Round Series

Mar 20, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (16) against the Houston Rockets in the second quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

2009 – With an 89-70 Los Angeles Lakers victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the second round, the Lakers won the series. After the Rockets forced the deciding game by winning the previous contest in Houston, the Lakers’ strong first half propelled them to the series victory. Pau Gasol led the way with 21 points while the highest scorer for Houston put up just 13. The Lakers went on to win their first of back-to-back championships.

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