Lakers 73, Mavericks 70 (final)
The veteran Lakers point guard took a pass from Kobe Bryant and drained a three-pointer from the wing with 3.1 seconds left, giving his team a slice of redemption against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night at Staples Center.
Fisher's three-pointer was the only shot from beyond the arc that the Lakers made; they finished one for 10 during a game that had some rough pockets of play, including a seven-point third quarter for the Lakers.
Dallas' Vince Carter missed a three-pointer at the buzzer while being defended by Metta World Peace.
Mavericks guard Jason Terry had tied the score at 70-70 with nine seconds left on a one-handed floater in the lane. The Lakers had a chance to extend a two-point lead on their previous possession, but Kobe Bryant missed a jump shot.
Fisher has developed a knack for game-winning shots, having beaten among others the San Antonio Spurs in a 2004 playoffs series on a jumper with four-tenths of a second left.
Fisher was also instrumental Monday night during a game-changing push earlier in the quarter, scoring six points during a 10-0 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 66-59 lead for the Lakers. Fisher finished with 13 points, three rebounds and two assists.
Bryant finished with 14 points, ending his run of four consecutive games with at least 40 points. Bryant missed 15 of 22 shots, symbolic of a team that made only 38.2% of its shots overall.
Andrew Bynum was a force for the Lakers, getting 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points for Dallas, which also struggled to make shots, finishing 35% from the field. Lamar Odom had 10 points in his return to Staples Center.
Mavericks 51, Lakers 46 (end of third quarter)
Forget about 40 points. Kobe Bryant has some work to do just to reach double figures.
The Lakers star's struggles continued in the third quarter, when he went scoreless while missing all six shots. He has only eight points on four-of-15 shooting.
Andrew Bynum is the only Laker in double figures, having sored 14 points on six-for-11 shooting. The Lakers are shooting a dreadful 32.8%, but Dallas isn't much better at 34.4%.
Dirk Nowitzki has 15 points to lead the Mavericks while Lamar Odom has 10 in his return to Staples Center.
Lakers 39, Mavericks 35 (halftime)
The stars finally started to emerge in the second quarter in the rematch between the Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.
After going scoreless well into the second quarter, Kobe Bryant scored his first basket on a breakaway dunk with 4 minutes 41 seconds left off a Mavericks turnover, smiling before he ventured into the paint. Bryant followed with a pull-up jumper 32 seconds later.
Bryant had eight points by halftime, making four of five shots in the second quarter after missing all four attempts in the first quarter. Lakers center Andrew Bynum, no longer hounded by the departed Tyson Chandler, had 10 points and nine rebounds. Mavericks counterpart Brendan Haywood had one point and four rebounds.
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, who like Bryant was scoreless in the first quarter, had six points in the second but has made only three of 10 shots in the game. Lamar Odom still leads the Mavericks with seven points.
Pau Gasol has eight points and five rebounds for the Lakers, whose 26 rebounds are seven more than the Mavericks could manage.
Mavericks 18, Lakers 15 (end of first quarter)
Lamar Odom was back, but the Kobe Bryant of the last week was nowhere to be found inside Staples Center in the early going.
Bryant did not score, missing all four of his shots and hardly looking like the player who came into the game having scored 40 points or more in four consecutive games. The frustration was starting to build late in the quarter, with Bryant shaking his head after Metta World Peace made an unsuccessful foray to the basket.
Odom, the former Laker making his first appearance at Staples Center since being traded to Dallas last month, entered to applause with 7:32 left in the quarter, the crowd rising to its feet and becoming more raucous as the seconds passed. Odom hugged Derek Fisher, who tried to rouse the crowd further with a hand gesture.
The team paid tribute to Odom during a timeout, playing a video on the scoreboard that included some of his top plays with the Lakers. The video finished with the words "Welcome Back L.O."
Odom had a team-leading seven points, making three of four shots. His three-pointer in the final minute gave the Mavericks a three-point lead
Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum had four points apiece for the Lakers, who were shooting a dreadful 26.3% to Dallas' 33.3%.
Photo: Lakers guard Derek Fisher releases the game-winning shot over Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki on Monday night at Staples Center. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times