Derek Fisher's NBA-leading consecutive games streak ended by buyout

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER — The end of Derek Fisher's league-leading consecutive games streak means there's a new NBA iron man: Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook.
By DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: March 22, 2012

Derek Fisher's consecutive games played streak now stands at one.

After appearing in 537 straight games, Fisher had his league-leading streak snapped Sunday when he did not play in a game against Phoenix when he was still with Houston.

Because Fisher and the Rockets had yet to agree on a buyout, the NBA deemed Fisher eligible Sunday and ruled it as a missed game since he was still under contract, according to a league spokesman.

Fisher on Wednesday signed with the Thunder and made his debut the same night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Oddly enough, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook now holds the longest consecutive games played streak among active players with 293. Westbrook has yet to miss a game since he was drafted fourth overall out of UCLA in 2008. Westbrook also has started 276 consecutive games.

Two weeks ago, Westbrook was third on the active list behind Fisher and former Charlotte forward Boris Diaw. But the Bobcats, who have since bought out Diaw, removed Diaw from the rotation on March 6, snapping his streak of 384 straight games.

Fisher, meanwhile, was traded from the Lakers to the Rockets at last week's deadline and was interested in continuing his 16-year career with a championship contender rather than with the Rockets.

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