We Remember: Derek Fisher Sinks Game-Winner vs. Spurs with 0.4 Seconds Left

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2015


On this day 11 years ago, Derek Fisher hit one of the most cold-blooded shots in basketball history.

With the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals deadlocked at two games apiece, the Los Angeles Lakers were on the ropes against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5.

Tim Duncan drilled a wild jumper from the foul line with 0.4 seconds left on the clock, putting the Spurs up 73-72. Understandably, San Antonio believed it had won.

But Lakers head coach Phil Jackson called a timeout, drew up a play and sent his shocked troops back onto the battlefield. With Gary Payton inbounding, Fisher broke free to the left elbow and launched a fadeaway the moment the ball touched his fingers.

He hit nothing but net.

With Fisher and Jackson now trying to lead the hapless New York Knicks out of the gutter, perhaps they can find solace on the anniversary of such a legendary shot.


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