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In honor of Derek Fisher's 13 years in purple and gold and his first return to Staples Center as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, here is a collection of Fisher's 5 biggest shots as a Laker. You'll always be a Laker, Fish!

5. DEC. 8, 2010 - LAKERS vs. CLIPPERS (2010-2011 SEASON) (Thanks to JBleezie)
After leading 20-18 at the start of the 2nd quarter, the Lakers got overrun by the young Clippers and saw themselves down 71-65 going into the 4th quarter. But thanks to Shannon Brown's 11 points and their defense in the final quarter, the Lakers fought back to a 86-85 deficit setting up a rare layup game-winner for Fisher with 3.1 seconds left in the game.




4 and 3. GAME 5 - 2009 NBA FINALS vs. ORLANDO MAGIC (Thanks to SCHWE1NSTE1GER7)
The Lakers' first title since Shaquille O'Neal's trade to Miami probably wouldn't have been possible without Fisher's 2 clutch 3-pointers in the final quarter of Game 5 of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic. The Lakers were up 3-1 in the series but struggled in the first half of the clinching game. They rallied from a 56-46 halftime deficit by making an 18-8 run in the 3rd quarter to take over the lead 76-61 going into the 4th quarter. The rest was history.




2. GAME 3 - 2010 NBA FINALS vs. BOSTON CELTICS (Thanks to m0l0k0vell0cet)
The layup cemented Game 3 of the 2010 Finals with the Lakers winning 91-84 and going on to lead the series 2-1. Fisher scored 11 of his 16 points in the 4th quarter. The motivation? Hearing Paul Pierce proclaiming the series won't return to Los Angeles after Boston won Game 2 at Staples Center.




1. GAME 5 - 2004 WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS vs. SAN ANTONIO SPURS (Thanks to LetsGoLakersVideo)
The game itself was one of the most memorable in NBA history, but Fisher took it to another level as he made arguably one of the toughest shots in sports history by dropping a turn-around shot over the outstretched arm of Manu Ginobili with 0.4 seconds left in the game. The Lakers won 74-73 and went on to lead the series 3-2. They closed out the Spurs the following game at Staples Center and earned a Western Conference Finals matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The loss was San Antonio's first at home since March 1, 2004 during the 2003-04 season.

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