Bryant Moves into 2nd Place on Lakers’ All-Time Assists List

January 18th, 2016 by Bleacher Report Milestones Leave a reply »
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant used a big first-quarter performance in Sunday's 112-95 loss to the Houston Rockets to move past Hall of Famer Jerry West for the second spot on the franchise's all-time assists list, per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Often criticized for his shooting volume earlier this season, Bryant came out with a pass-first mentality Sunday night, picking up seven assists in the first quarter alone.

He helped the Lakers take a 36-32 lead by the end of the opening frame, but with the Rockets dominating for the rest of the night, Bryant finished with just five points, nine assists, two rebounds and a steal over 24 minutes, with his impressive passing performance partially marred by four turnovers.

The 37-year-old lifetime Laker ended his night with 6,244 career assists, putting him six ahead of West (6,238) on the all-time franchise leaderboard, which is of course topped by legendary point guard Magic Johnson, who piled up 10,141 assists during a 13-season career that was spent entirely with the Lakers.

Johnson ranks fifth on the all-time assists list for the entire NBA, with Bryant checking in at 2 ...

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