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Steve Nash records 10,000th-career assist

January 08, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Steve Nash recorded his 10,000th assist on Tuesday against the Rockets.
Steve Nash recorded his 10,000th assist on Tuesday against the Rockets. (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images )

Steve Nash recorded his 10,000th assist of his career on Tuesday night as the Lakers battled the Rockets in Houston.

With 29.1 seconds left in the half, Nash dished to veteran forward Antawn Jamison for a jumper.  The Lakers, playing as underdogs without Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill, took a 62-59 lead into the half over the Rockets.

Only four other NBA players have hit the mark: Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Jason Kidd and Mark Jackson.

Nash is midway through his 17th season.  He played for both the Phoenix Suns (where he earned two NBA MVP awards) and the Dallas Mavericks before joining the Lakers.

In addition to his career average of 8.6 assists a game, Nash is a tremendous shooter at 49.1% from the field, 42.8% from three and 90.4% from the line on his career.

Heading into the game against the Rockets, Nash has shot 52.9% from the field and 40.9% from three for the Lakers. He's yet to miss a free throw.

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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