Chris Paul reaches 10,000 assists as the Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles (Agencies): Chris Paul became the sixth man in NBA history to reach 10,000 assists as his Phoenix Suns team beat a Los Angeles Lakers side without LeBron James.

Paul, 35, scored 11 points, with 10 rebounds and 13 assists as the Suns beat the Lakers 111-94. James injured his ankle in a defeat by the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Charlotte Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball could be out for the season after he broke his wrist against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

The Houston Rockets slumped to their 20th straight loss, a 114-112 defeat by the Oklahoma City Thunder, despite Christian Wood scoring 27 points for the Rockets. Julius Randle’s late three-pointer for the New York Knicks forced overtime, but he then missed a potential game-winner as the Philadelphia 76ers edged to a thrilling 101-100 victory.

The result also went down to the wire in Florida, where last season’s finalists the Miami Heat fell to the Indiana Pacers 109-106.

Blake Griffin had a successful debut for the Brooklyn Nets as he made his first dunk since 2019 in the 113-106 win over the Washington Wizards.

Luka Doncic scored 37 points in the Dallas Mavericks’ 132-92 thrashing of the Portland Trail Blazers, the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Denver Nuggets 113-108 and Jaylen Brown scored 10 three-pointers to lead the Boston Celtics to a 112-96 victory over the Orlando Magic.

There was also a 116-105 win for the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Toronto Raptors, and the Chicago Bulls cruised past the Detroit Pistons 100-86.
Most assists in NBA history
John Stockton 15,806
Jason Kidd 12,091
Steve Nash 10,335
Mark Jackson 10,334
Magic Johnson 10,141
Chris Paul 10,004
Oscar Robertson 9,887
LeBron James 9,669
Isiah Thomas 9,061
Gary Payton 8,966.