6. 2009 NBA Finals Game 4: Lakers vs. Orlando Magic
One year after losing in the NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers were looking to right wrong, this time against the Orlando Magic. Game 4 of the series not only shifted momentum from the Magic back to the Lakers but you can make the argument that it was the best game of the Finals that season as well.
Overcoming a 12-point halftime deficit, the Lakers managed to take a four-point lead into the fourth quarter. With 1:34 left in the fourth, though, the Magic took a five-point lead. That’s when the Lakers needed a bit of heroics. Derek Fisher, as he had in the past many times, stepped up when the Lakers needed it most.
With four seconds left, Fisher hit a huge 3-pointer to tie the game at 87. After a Mickael Pietrus missed jumper, the Lakers and Magic went to overtime where, once again, Fisher helped Los Angeles cross the finish line. With 30 seconds left in overtime, Fisher hit another 3 to give the Lakers a 94-91 lead. And they never looked back.
The Lakers would go on to win the series in five games. It was Kobe’s fourth NBA Championship and his first title without Shaq.