By Johnny Askounis/ email@example.com
Another historic evening for Chris Paul as he became the sixth player in NBA history to dish out more than 10,000 assists in regular-season games.
“It’s a blessing just to be able to play this long. I don’t take it for granted. There’s a lot of guys I came in with who are coaching and can’t play,” he noted regarding his achievement, “It’s a huge testament to the players I have played with. I ain’t done. I am going to keep hooping.”
Paul stills ranks behind John Stockton (15,806), Jason Kidd (12,091), Steve Nash (10,335), Mark Jackson (10,334), and Magic Johnson (10,141), but became a member of a very exclusive club. He is 535 points away from becoming the first player with 20,000 points and 10,000 assists.
He achieved his latest milestone helping the Phoenix Suns defeat the shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. He made out a bucket for Deandre Ayton midway through the third quarter for the historic assist and went on to reach 10,004.
Chris Paul becomes the 6th player in NBA history with 10,000 CAREER ASSISTS! pic.twitter.com/pavbc9t6OY
— NBA (@NBA) March 22, 2021
The Suns improved to 28-13 remaining in second place of the Western Conference and expanding the gap from third-placed Lakers to a couple of wins ahead of a four-game road trip with visits to the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, and Charlotte Hornets.