In the Celtics' 118-111 win over the Detroit Pistons, Rondo recorded a season-high 18 assists and zero turnovers, passing Bill Russell for fifth all-time in franchise history in the process.
Rondo now has as many assists as Bill Russell, tied for 5th most in Celtics history. Respect.— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) March 10, 2014
Rondo entered the night with 4,083 career dimes, but carved up the Pistons' defense, tying Russell with his 17th assist before passing him with a feed that resulted in a Kris Humphries reverse layup with just under two minutes remaining in regulation.
According to Basketball-Reference, Sunday marked the first time that Rondo recorded at least 18 assists without a turnover during a regular season game, although he did accomplish the feat in Game 6 of the Celtics' first-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls in 2009.
In addition, Rondo became just the 11th player to drop 18 dimes and not cough the rock up since 1985-86 and is the first player to do so since Steve Nash in 2007, according to Basketball-Reference.
Next in line to be passed by Rondo? That would be his former teammate, Paul Pierce, who occupies the No. 4 spot with 4,305 assists.
To put things in perspective, Pierce required 15 seasons to pile up that many helpers whereas Rondo is approaching that esteemed mark in just his eighth year in green and white.
Granted, Pierce and Rondo play positions that require different levels of selflessness, but Rondo's accomplishments in such a short span have been impressive nonetheless.