Steve Nash Hits Epic 10,000 Career Assists Mark Against Houston Rockets

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 04:  Steve Nash #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers is guarded by Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 4, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Steve Nash recorded his 10,000th career assist in the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Houston Rockets.

Coming into the season, Nash had totaled just over 9,900 assists, and breaking his way into the exclusive 10,000 dime club was inevitable as long as he was able to stay healthy.

Well, he did break his leg earlier on in the season, but he has healed up nicely and his contribution to the Lakers is just about what they expected.

Nash came into the game with just five assists to go, so it was more or less expected that he would drop that fateful dime in this game.

COUNTDOWN: STEVE NASH/10K (9,995 assists) @stevenash is on the cusp of the 10K, check out his Top 10 Career Assists on.nba.com/WoLQ6p

— NBA History (@NBAHistory) January 7, 2013

I am looking forward to seeing @stevenash reach the 10,000 assists mark! He only needs 5 more!#SteveNash10K

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 8, 2013

With seconds left in the second quarter, Nash dropped a pass in to Antawn Jamison, who was able to easily drop it in for a wide-open layup off the faked pick-and-roll.

As expected, Twitter was beside itself with people patting Nash on the back and giving him all the kudos he deserves.


There it is! Assist 10,000 for @stevenash on the dish to Antawn Jamison. Congrats Steve! #Nash10K #GoLakers twitter.com/Lakers/status/…

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 9, 2013

Congrats to Steve Nash for becoming 5th player to dish out 10,000 career assists. (Stockton, Kidd, M. Jackson, Magic).

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 9, 2013

Nash's 10,000th assist was pretty cool. Another chess victory on the pick and roll

— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) January 9, 2013

10,000 ASSISTS! Congrats @stevenash...it's been a while since you dropped your first dime! twitter.com/ESPN_Numbers/s…

— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) January 9, 2013

Of course, Nash still trails Magic Johnson, Mark Jackson, Jason Kidd and John Stockton for the all-time lead in assists.

It's entirely possible that he could end up passing Johnson and Jackson before the end of this season, and he could catch Kidd before he retires, but Stockton is likely way out of reach for Nash.

With this assist, he crashed the 10,000-assist barrier just a few weeks shy of his 39th birthday. 

Stockton was able to play until he was 40 and ended up with an astonishing 15,806 assists.

Hey, second place would be nothing to bat an eyelash at, however.

The only thing that disappoints me about the entire thing is that it was Jamison, and not Robert Sacre, that ended up putting in the bucket for the 10,000th dime. He and Sacre seem to have really strange but fun chemistry together.


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