Rajon Rondo Sets Pelicans Record with 25 Assists vs. Nets

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2017

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 23: Rajon Rondo #9 of the New Orleans Pelicans handles the ball against the Miami Heat on December 23, 2017 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Rajon Rondo had 24 combined assists in his previous five games entering Wednesday's contest against the Brooklyn Nets and then proceeded to dish out a head-turning 25 dimes in just 30 minutes in a 128-113 win at Smoothie King Center.

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), Rondo set the New Orleans Pelicans' franchise record for assists in a single game with his performance.

"The No. 1 thing is we got the win," Rondo said, per the AP. "And then me, personally, I love passing the ball. I've been blessed to play with a lot of great players, and what I take pride in is making those guys' jobs easier."

Rondo scored only two points, but his facilitating allowed a number of others players to contribute.

Anthony Davis led the way with 33 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, while DeMarcus Cousins added a double-double as well with 27 points and 14 boards. Jrue Holiday (23 points) and E'Twaun Moore (20 points) provided secondary scoring from the backcourt, and the Nets never challenged after falling into a 23-point deficit by halftime.

Cousins went as far as to say the team "looked like the Harlem Globetrotters at one point," per the AP, as Rondo ran the show and got everyone involved.

Elias Sports (h/t ESPN Stats & Info) noted the point guard made more than just Pelicans history in the process:

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Rajon Rondo's 30 minutes are the fewest for a player with 25 assists in NBA history. via @EliasSports

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Rajon Rondo is the oldest player in NBA history with 25 assists in a game (31 years, 308 days old) via @EliasSports

New Orleans has won three in a row and sits in the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference at 18-16. While it is unrealistic to expect Rondo to consistently replicate his record-setting performance from Wednesday moving forward, his presence in the backcourt with Davis and Cousins anchoring the frontcourt has made the Pelicans a dangerous team heading into the middle portion of the season.

They will look to keep things rolling Friday when they face the Dallas Mavericks.


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