Derek Fisher had many memorable moments during his 18-year playing career, mostly during his playoff runs with the Lakers. Here are a few.
2001 NBA Finals
Fisher was torched by Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson in Game 1 with the 76ers guard scoring 48 points as the Lakers suffered their first loss of the 2001 postseason. Fisher’s steal and breakaway dunk on Iverson in the third quarter of Game 2 sparked the Lakers to the win. Fisher scored 14 points, while Iverson was held to 23. Fisher scored 18 points, hitting 6 of 8 three-pointers in Game 5 as the Lakers won the title.
2004 Western Conference semifinals
Fisher hit one of the biggest shots in NBA playoff history in a pivotal Game 5 against the Spurs in San Antonio. With the Lakers trailing 73-72 and four-tenths of a second remaining, Fisher took an inbounds pass and in the same motion hit an 18-foot turnaround fallaway jumper over Manu Ginobili at the buzzer to give the Lakers a 3-2 lead in the series. The Lakers went on to win the series in six games, beat the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Western Conference finals and advance to the NBA Finals.
2007 Western Conference semifinals
Fisher missed Game 1 and spent the day of Game 2 in New York with his then 10-month-old daughter Tatum, who was having surgery and chemotherapy for eye cancer. Fisher, then playing for the Jazz, returned to Utah and entered the game in the third quarter. Fisher scored all five of his points in overtime, including a key three-pointer, to help the Jazz to a 127-117 win over the Golden State Warriors.
2009 NBA Finals
Fisher’s three-pointer from the wing over the Magic’s Jameer Nelson with 4.6 seconds left in regulation sent Game 4 into overtime in Orlando. Fisher then hit another three-pointer from the top of the arc with 31.3 seconds left in overtime to seal a 99-91 win and give the Lakers a commanding 3-1 lead. The Lakers would win the title in Game 5, the fourth ring of Fisher’s career.
2010 NBA Finals
With the series against the Celtics tied 1-1, Fisher scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter of Game 3 to carry the Lakers to a 91-84 win and 2-1 series lead. Then in Game 7 in Los Angeles, Fisher’s speech to his teammates in the fourth quarter sparked the Lakers to an 83-79 win, the fifth and final title for Fisher. Fisher’s three-pointer midway through the quarter tied the game as the Lakers came back from a double-digit deficit in the second half.