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Russell Westbrook Moves To 10th In All-Time Assists

LA Lakers guard Russell Westbrook cemented his place in NBA history against the Brooklyn Nets, although they lost the game.

Russell Westbrook moved to 8,972 career assists, eclipsing Gary Payton for 10th place on the all-time list.

However, it was a hit and miss performance from Russell Westbrook. He shot 5-for-15 from the field with six turnovers.

He was 1-of-4 from the field and from the foul line with two turnovers in a fourth quarter in which Brooklyn sealed the win.


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“If somebody had told me 15 years ago, 20 years ago that you’d be top 10 in assists, I’d look at them like they was crazy,” Russell Westbrook said. 

“In the NBA, never dreamt of being in this position, nor getting to the point to where I’m next to some of the greats. I’m just truly grateful and thankful for an opportunity to keep playing at the highest level and I don’t take any of that for granted.

“I’m pretty sure whatever I would say, he would be talking right back,” Westbrook said. “I am not a big trash-talker, I just like to compete. But I’m pretty sure back in his day, he would have talked some mess, and I’d be right back at him.”


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“Everybody gave him an applause. That’s a hell of a feat,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “But again, we play the right way things like that are going to happen. Eventually Bron is going to eclipse the scoring record and Russ just moved into the top 10 of all-time assists leaders. Those things are great. Those are huge shots in the arm for our franchise and for those guys and for us as a team, those guys individually.


“But again, just we have to come out and play.”

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