(LOS ANGELES) — Lakers guard Steve Nash passed Mark Jackson on the all-time assists list during Tuesday night’s 145-130 loss to the Rockets.
Nash hit Jodie Meeks with a lead pass for his fifth assist of the night that passed Mark Jackson for No. 3 on the all-time list, giving him 10,335 for his career.
Nash received a standing ovation and went to the bench for the rest of the game after suffering a “bite” in his hamstring.
“Since I had a pretty good setback today, I probably won’t play again [this season],” Nash said after the game. “But if I get a good recovery over the next week, I’d love to play again. But again, a big goal for me was to not go into the summer injured, and the fact that I had a setback today is kind of frustrating.”
“But hopefully it’s something that I can work through quickly here, and if I work through quick enough, I’d love to play again. But it’s probably doubtful,” he added.
Nash has one year remaining on his contract and trails only Jason Kidd (12,091 assists) and John Stockton (15,806) on the all-time list.
“Congrats to the Great @SteveNash on passing me on the All Time Assist list! I’m Honored!! God Bless #4,” Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson tweeted after the game.
Nash played in his 15th game of the season after being sidelined to start the year with root irritation in his back and hamstrings.
“All of this is beyond my imagination and wildest dreams,” Nash said of his 18-year career. “So to be able to share that end of the assist ladder with some players that I looked up to and emulated, and to be in their company, is phenomenal.”
“I don’t play for the records. I play because I love to play, I love to play and be a part of a team,” he added. “But I guess it’s something that maybe one day I’ll appreciate, all hours I spent, all the extra hours I spent trying to get better.”
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Jill Martin, CNN