Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul takes sole possession of third place on career assists list


Phoenix Suns goalie Chris Paul rose to third on the all-time assists list with his eighth against the visiting New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.

With 1:34 left in the second quarter, on a 3-point Jae Crowder, Paul landed career assist No. 10,336 to overtake Suns legend Steve Nash for exclusive possession of third place.

He passed Mark Jackson with his seventh assist of the evening, his last of the first quarter. Paul started the night six assists behind Jackson (10,334) and seven behind Nash (10,335).

Earlier this season, Paul became the first player in NBA history with 20,000 career points and 10,000 career assists.

The assist that propelled Paul to third place came against his home team, albeit it was the New Orleans Hornets when he was drafted there in 2005.

In his first six seasons with New Orleans, Paul had 4,228 assists and led the league in assists per game in 2007-08 and 2008-09. From there he moved on to the LA Clippers, where he totaled 4,023 assists in six seasons and was once again the league leader in assists per game in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Paul’s 9.4 assists per game average is fourth all-time in the NBA behind Magic Johnson (11.2), John Stockton (10.5) and Oscar Robertson (9.5).

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