Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns' guard, moved up to No. With his eighth assist against the New Orleans Pelicans, Chris Paul moved into No. 3 on the all time assists list.
Paul scored his first career assist with 1:34 remaining in the second quarter. Jae Crowder's 3-pointer gave Paul No. To surpass Suns legend Steve Nash, Paul scored a career assist No. 10.336 for sole possession in third place.
With his seventh assist of night, his last one of the quarter, he passed Mark Jackson. Paul began the night with six assists behind Jackson (10 334) and seven behind Nash (10 335).
He ended the night with 18 assists in Suns' 112-100 win, giving him 10,346 career assists.
Paul was the first player to reach 20,000 career points and 10,000 career assists earlier this season.
Paul was moved up to No. 3 by an assist. 3. He was against his original team. However, it was the New Orleans Hornets when he was drafted in 2005.
Paul's first six seasons in New Orleans saw him record 4,228 assists. He also led the league in assists per match in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2007. He then moved to the LA Clippers where he had 4,228 assists and was the league's leader in assists per games in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Paul's average of 9.4 assists per match is fourth in the NBA, behind Magic Johnson (11.2), John Stockton (10.5), and Oscar Robertson (9.5).