With Yao out for the rest of the playoffs, Houston rocked the Lakers with 34 from Brooks and five three-pointers from Shane Battier.
Lakers 118, Rockets 78 at Los Angeles
After scoring 15 in Game 4, Bryant (26 points) led seven Lakers in double figures as L.A. handed Houston its second-ever 40-point playoff loss.
Rockets 95, Lakers 80 at Houston
In a near-mirror image of Game 4, the Rockets raced out to a 17-1 lead and won comfortably. The Lakers missed 18 of 23 three-pointers.
Lakers 89, Rockets 70 at Los Angeles
L.A. removed the suspense from the start, opening up a 25-point lead before halftime in an easy win. Gasol added 21 points and 18 boards.
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
Lakers 105, Nuggets 103 at Los Angeles
L.A. erased a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit and sealed the win when Ariza stole an inbounds pass with 30 seconds left.