Fisher Nets Game 4 for Lakers

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 11, 2009 11:47 PM CDT
Derek Fisher shoots a 3-pointer over Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the NBA basketball last night, in Orlando, Fla. Fisher's shot tied the game to send into overtime.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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(Newser) – Kobe Bryant is one win from an NBA title to call his own, and Derek Fisher got him there. Fisher forced overtime with a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in regulation and then drilled another one with 31.3 seconds to go in overtime as the Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Orlando Magic 99-91 in Game 4 to open a 3-1 lead in the NBA finals.

It was the first time since 1984, when Magic Johnson's Lakers and Larry Bird's Celtics hooked up, that two games in a finals have gone to overtime. When the clock expired, Bryant looked at Tiger Woods and wiped sweat from his brow in relief. Fisher, who has bailed out the Lakers in plenty of big games before, thrust both arms in the air in triumph.