OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- So what if Derek Fisher isn't starting
for the Golden State Warriors any more? The veteran guard is all
about finishing -- and one of the NBA's better clutch shooters did
Fisher made a 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer, and the Warriors
beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-117 Friday night for their fourth
victory in five games.
Fisher's perfect shot from a spot in front of the Warriors'
bench capped the exhilarating final minutes of the fourth quarter
and overtime, which featured 12 lead changes and countless clutch
Fisher hadn't played in overtime until the final possession,
when he took a pass from Jason Richardson and buried just his
second field goal of the night. The final play was designed for
Baron Davis or Richardson, but Fisher has the steadiest left hand
on the team -- and a keen sense of the importance of such shots.
"You're not in that position many times," Fisher said. "Even
all the highlights you've seen of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson
and guys that hit all types of game-winners -- it's the same ones
over and over. It's not 100 of them. You're talking four, five, six
times when you're in that position ... and it's just a great
Though Fisher ceded his starting spot to Davis recently, the
longtime Lakers guard's veteran skills still are important to
Golden State -- and Fisher still has a flair for last-second
His buzzer-beating jumper for Los Angeles in last season's
playoffs -- one of the greatest shots in that franchise's history --
jump-started the Lakers' second-round series victory over San
"You feel great for yourself, but larger than that, you feel
great for the team," Fisher said. "No matter who it is that makes
the shot, it's a great feeling when the team wins that way."
Michael Redd, who scored 33 points, put Milwaukee up by two on a
running jumper with 4.9 seconds to play. Despite several late
rallies, the Bucks lost their eighth straight road game -- and Redd
could only throw the ball the length of the court in disgust while
the Warriors mobbed Fisher.
"That's what he's done all of his career -- make big shots, big
plays at the buzzer," Redd said. "We really couldn't get mad at
ourselves. We played a heck of a game. He just hit a shot, a big
Davis had 29 points and 11 assists for the Warriors, and
Richardson added 24 points -- all in regulation.
Desmond Mason scored 25 of his season-high 32 points in the
second half for Milwaukee, but he also was held scoreless in
In an improbably tense game between two losing teams with no
hope of a playoff berth, Fisher's game-winner capped a frenetic
finish that began with six quick lead changes in the fourth
Golden State went up 105-101 on Troy Murphy's driving layup with
1:38 left in regulation, but Smith hit a jumper and Zaza Pachulia
made two tying free throws with 11.7 seconds to play. Richardson
got the Warriors' last shot, but his jumper was short.
"It was a great victory, but we can't afford to continue to
play poorly on the defensive end and expect late-game heroics,"
Davis said. "We have to start relying on defense more importantly
to win us some games down the stretch, instead of having to come up
with big shot after big shot."
Milwaukee went ahead 113-109 in overtime on Redd's 3-pointer and
Smith's free throws, but Mickael Pietrus -- who finished with 18
points -- and Davis converted three-point plays, with Davis putting
Golden State up by two with 1:05 to play.
After Smith tied it again with a jumper, Murphy and Richardson
missed open 3-pointers before Redd's big shot -- and Fisher's bigger
Richardson finished with eight assists, but none was bigger than
his serendipitous pass to Fisher.
"When I jumped in the air, I had to look for somebody, because
they weren't calling fouls," Richardson said. "Fish was open. I
gave him the ball and let him take care of business."
Mo Williams had 17 points and eight assists for the Bucks, who
finish up this brutal road trip Saturday at Utah -- their fifth game
in seven nights. Milwaukee is 0-14 on the road this season against
Western Conference teams, and the Jazz are their only remaining
"It was a tough way to lose," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter
said. "We've had four or five of those buzzer-beaters this year,
those walk-off losses. They're tough. ... I can't even think about
home yet. I'm still thinking about this game."
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