Nash gets 10,000th assist in another Lakers loss

TWO-TIME Most Valuable Player Steve Nash handed out the 10,000th assist of his NBA career when he found Antawn Jamison on a pick-and-roll during the Los Angeles Lakers’ 112-125 road defeat at the hands of the Houston Rockets Tuesday night (Wednesday morning) in Manila.

He reached the milestone with seconds left in the first half.

Nash became only the fifth player to hit the mark, joining John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson, and Magic Johnson in a special group of point guards. Oscar Robinson, a forward, retired with 9,887 assists and likely would have hit 10,000 if the NBA schedule had been 82 games for his entire career.

Nash left the game in the second half to receive some medical attention in the locker room, but he did return to play most of the fourth quarter. He finished the night with 16 points and 10 assists, yet that wasn’t enough to save the Lakers from their fourth loss in a row. Noli Cruz

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