"He said, "Guys we've got 12 minutes, 12 minutes to dig down, get back into thisgame," Lakers guard Kobe Bryant recalled Fisher saying. "Everything that we've worked hard for, we've got 12 minutes to put it back together, and we followed suit."
Thatincluded Fisher. For a player that's made plenty of big shots in his storied 14-year career, he hit a three-pointer that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said "changed thecomplexity of the game." Lakers forward Pau Gasol kicked the ball out of the post to Fisher, who nailed a 26-foot trey to the tie the game at 64-64 with 6:12 remaining in thegame. From that point on, the Lakers maintained the lead.
"That shot continued to feed the crowd and the energy," said Fisher, who scored 10 points on four of sixshooting. "It got us the momentum we needed to finish this game down the stretch."
It also added another chapter to the value Fisher brings to the team. That conversationcomes at an opportune time considering Fisher, at age 35, will become a free agent July 1. And if Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has anything to do with it, Fisher will bethere next year.
"That's D Fish," Bryant said about his key three-pointer. "There's not enough words of praise I can use to describe him and how I feel about him."