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NBA: Chris Paul dishes 10,000th career assist

Paul became the sixth player in NBA history with 10,000 assists when he threw an alley-oop pass to Deandre Ayton for a dunk in the third quarter.

“It’s a blessing, first and foremost, just to play this long,” Paul said. “That’s something I don’t take for granted. There’s a lot of guys I came in with who are coaching and can’t play.

The only players in league history with more assists are John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Mark Jackson and Magic Johnson. With about 30 games left this season, it’s possible Paul could pass Nash, Jackson and Johnson for third on the career list.

“I’m just grateful to be around Chris and enjoy moments like this,” Williams said, who praised Paul’s hard work throughout his career. “You don’t get 10,000 assists just by showing up.”

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