Lakers vs. Celtics Game 3: Derek Fisher’s Late Game Heroics Propel Lakers to Win

June 8th, 2010 by Wesley Kaminsky Leave a reply »
In a much needed game three victory, with the game on the line, it was Derek Fisher, not Kobe Bryant, who repeatedly stepped up and hit big shot after big shot. Surprised? Not really. As Fisher has shown in each playoffs, he will step up and is not afraid to take the shot. As a four time NBA champion, Fisher knows what it takes to win, and he proved it in Boston. 

Derek Fisher finished with 16 points for the game, with 11 of those coming in the fourth quarter when Boston was creeping back into it. After leading for much of the game, and by 12 at halftime, the Celtics fought back, eventually cutting the deficit to just one point. However, when the Lakers needed to, they answered the call, and never gave the Celtics the lead. Just as champions do, the Lakers took care of business in the clutch. 

What happened to Ray Allen you might ask? Coming off a game in which he set an NBA finals record with seven three pointers in the first half, Allen did the opposite, and could not buy a basket. He finished 0-13, including 0-8 from the three point line, and just two points. He had his chances all game, but his shots simply were not falling. 

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