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OKC Thunder: Derek Fisher comes through in the clutch

Fisher played the entire fourth quarter of Sunday night's 103-96 victory over Phoenix.
by Anthony Slater Published: November 3, 2013

Then, with 52 seconds left, Fisher turned back the clock to 2004.

Up by three and needing a defensive stop to close it out, Fisher deftly deflected a Bledsoe pass and, as it was heading out of bounds, caught up to it and fired it back as he went flying into the first row.

It landed in Jackson's hands, securing the steal and essentially the game.

“Those don't always happen,” Fisher said of the wild save. “But you just keep playing and see what happens out there.”

In all, Fisher finished with nine points, two rebounds, an assist and two steals.

And with Westbrook's return, it came on a night that his role was expected to diminish.

Moving forward, the Thunder will likely monitor his minutes and save his legs for the postseason.

But on certain nights, in certain matchups, he'll likely play a key role. And as he showed on Sunday against Phoenix, that can often lead to good things for OKC.

“We trust Fish with every decision,” Durant said. “Especially in the fourth quarter.”