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Derek Fisher has hit some huge shots during his career – especially with the Lakers. Ask any Laker fan and they’ll all have a favorite, the most popular being “0.4″ in San Antonio.
However, that isn’t Fish’s top shot. According to News OK, Fisher’s favorite big shot came as a member of the Utah Jazz in 2007:
1) May 9, 2007: Golden State at Utah
Fisher nearly missed Game 2 of this Western Conference semifinal while tending to his then 10-month-old daughter, who had developed a rare form of eye cancer. Two days before the game, Fisher flew to New York, where his daughter was scheduled to undergo surgery and chemotherapy the day of the game. His daughter’s surgery lasted from 6:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Fisher flew to Utah immediately after the successful surgery and made it to the arena late in the third period. The Jazz desperately needed his services. Starting point guard Deron Williams had been battling foul trouble, and rookie reserve Dee Brown sustained a neck injury in the opening quarter, leaving Utah thin at the lead guard position. When Fisher arrived, he didn’t have time to stretch or warm up. But he checked right in, with 3:18 remaining in the third period and Utah clinging to a three-point lead. After Williams forced overtime with a 12-foot runner, Fisher buried a back-breaking 3-pointer with 1:06 remaining in overtime. The bucket gave the Jazz a six-point lead and was Fisher’s only made field goal of the night. Fisher later iced the game with a pair of foul shots with 47 seconds remaining, putting Utah ahead by 10.
That was a big shot, but as a Laker fan, it definitely wasn’t his best! I can see why it’s big to him on a personal level, though.
His other big shots, in order, were:
2. June 8, 2010 versus Boston in the Finals. He had that big fourth quarter and a “big three-point play.”
3. June 11, 2009 versus Orlando in the Finals. He hit a big three to force overtime. Need I say more?
4. Number 4 is 0.4!
However, he’s hit a lot more than just those four shots in his career. He’s just another one of those Lakers who had the “clutch gene” and helped them win rings with it.