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Derek Fisher helps the Lakers bounce back against Thunder

After a poor shooting effort in a loss to the Clippers on Sunday, the veteran point guard scores 15 points on five-for-10 shooting in a 101-94 victory over Oklahoma City on Monday.

January 19, 2011|By Broderick Turner

The Lakers' loss Sunday afternoon to the Clippers stuck with Derek Fisher, stinging him during his drive home, burning him when he arrived home, clinging to his thoughts before he was able to fall asleep.

Fisher missed seven of the eight shots he took against the Clippers. He missed all four of his three-pointers. He missed what Fisher described as "easy shots." He scored only two points.

Some 30 hours later, Fisher was back at it again, shooting some of those same shots, looking for his own personal redemption, back making those shots this time.

He made those shots in a 15-point performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night, a performance that was Fisher's season high.

He was five-for-10 shooting from the field, two for three from three-point range.

Not bad for the old-timer.

"I haven't been really thinking about scoring and looking at the basket, and that's been difficult," said the 36-year-old point guard. "[Monday night] I just wanted to re-establish that particular mind-set but not because of this team or this particular matchup. It was just something that really bothered me after losing that game [Sunday] and something I wanted to do today."

Fisher did it early, scoring 10 points in the first half, setting a good tone for the Lakers.

He had five more points in the third quarter, a big reason why the Lakers jumped out to a 15-point lead.

And Fisher played his usual solid defense.

He took a charge that stopped a fast-break opportunity by the Thunder.

He had two steals.

He played good help defense.

"Did I see that this was [Fisher's] season high?" Lakers Coach Phil Jackson mused. "That says something right there. Besides that, I thought his defense was really good."

It has been a season in which Fisher hasn't gotten a high volume of shots.

He's taking only 6.4 shots a game.

"Early in the season, it's always hard to tell how things are going to break out," Fisher said. "But the pattern of our team has been that way. I've been around, I'd say, six or so shot opportunities per game. So it's been tough to have the consistency I'd like to have in terms of percentage.

"But tonight I just kind of wanted to get back to just focusing on taking advantage of the opportunities that were there. I've been thinking a lot about trying to direct and make sure we're running our offense and doing the things I need to do for everybody else. I wanted to get back to doing some things for myself."

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