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.