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ESPN: The shot Derek Fisher made with .4 seconds remaining in a 2004 playoff game in San Antonio still resonates, drawing huge cheers when it’s shown at Lakers games, the wound to the Spurs so deeply embedded that coach Gregg Popovich referenced it a couple of weeks ago as a warning to his team of how games and series can turn.

To Fisher, it’s only the second biggest shot of his career.

He’ll tell you a shot he made a year ago Friday ranks above it. Perhaps the score and the time weren’t as dramatic. The game log records it as going in with 1:06 remaining in overtime and putting the Jazz ahead by six points in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

It’s everything that came before that shot that makes it so significant, the fact that it came at the end of a day Fisher and his family began in New York, trying to save his infant daughter’s life. The shot came with no time to warm up, in a game he wasn’t even sure he would play.

“That shot was bigger from the standpoint of just the ability to focus enough and have enough energy on that day to make a positive contribution to the team,” Fisher said. “I think that was bigger than the shot I hit in San Antonio.

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