*The Lakers can thank Derek Fisher for last night’s win in Boston. The savvy veteran point guard rallied his teammates with a motivational speech on the bench during the break before the fourth quarter.
Then he went out and showed them how it’s done.
“Derek, he’s our vocal leader. He’s the guy that pulls everybody together and is always giving positive reinforcement,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said after Fisher made five baskets in the final period to lead Los Angeles to a 91-84 victory Tuesday night over the Boston Celtics and a 2-1 lead in the NBA finals.
“That’s what he does. That’s what he’s been doing extremely well. He has a knack for saying the right thing at the right time.”
Bryant scored 29 points and Fisher had 16, including 11 in the fourth quarter after Boston cut a 17-point first-half lead to one point.
Game 4 is Thursday night in Boston, and a Lakers victory would put them within one win of avenging the loss to their longtime rivals in the 2008 finals – not to mention the eight other times the Celtics have won an NBA title at the Lakers’ expense.
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