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Rajon Rondo Has 25 Assists In Pelicans Win

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  • Rajon Rondo Has 25 Assists In Pelicans Win

    Rajon Rondo becomes 7th NBA player with 25 assists in a game

    NEW ORLEANS -- It took Rajon Rondo 20 games in a Pelicans uniform to rewrite franchise record books.

    As Rondo gains more comfort with his new team -- and its unusual lineup featuring two dynamic All-Star big men -- his ability to recognize mismatches and put talented scorers in advantageous spots could be exactly what New Orleans needs.

    Rondo set a franchise record with a career-high 25 assists in just 30 minutes on the court, and the Pelicans beat the Brooklyn Nets 128-113 on Wednesday night.

    Rondo is the only active player with 25 assists in a game and is among only seven players in NBA history to reach the mark, with the others being Scott Skiles, John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson, Nate McMillan and Isiah Thomas. The last to do it was Kidd in 1996.

    Rondo created 58 points with his assists, the most by any player in a game over the past 20 seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. However, he scored only two points himself, the fewest in a 25-assist game, according to Elias.

    Rondo got his 25 assists in the shortest amount of time (30 minutes) and is the oldest player to do so (31 years, 308 days), Elias reports.