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How Fisher ‘won the game for them’

06.09.10 at 2:10 am ET
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Rajon Rondo did it in Game 2 and Derek Fisher followed suit in Game 3.

“[He] won the game for them,” Doc Rivers said. “Derek Fisher was the difference in the game.”

After the Lakers watched Rondo dominate the fourth quarter on Sunday night, Fisher scored 11 points in the final 12 minutes of the Lakers 91-84 victory on Tuesday.

Fisher shot five-for-seven during that stretch, an instant improvement from 5-for-16 shooting in the first two games. His late burst included a 3-point play that put the Lakers up seven with less than a minute to go.

“We let Derek Fisher dribble the ball all the way up the court, unattended, get a 3-point play,” said Rivers. “If you get a stop there, we had two timeouts left, three timeouts at the time, we had plenty of time.”

Said Glen Davis, “I think Derek Fisher won the game for them.  He took over the game. [48] seconds left in the game, down by four, our defense … let a guy all the way down the court for a layup, naked. Together as a whole we’ve got to do better.”

Fisher’s domination will undoubtedly be a hot topic of conversation as the Celtics prepare for Game 4, trailing 2-1. It may have burned them in Game 3, but there are lessons to be learned moving forward.

“We’ve got to hang in there,” said Rivers. “It’s not going to be an easy game. None of them are going to be, and that’s what we have to do.”

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