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BBNBA: Rondo records 21 assists in Pelicans win

Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Golden State Warriors 119-100 in front of a loud home court crowd to move the series to 2-1 on Friday.

Rajon Rondo was on another level recording an incredible state line of 10 rebounds and a playoff career-high 21 assists.

The last player to record 20 assists in a playoff game… Rondo in 2011.

“You can’t get assists without your teammates,” Rondo said after the game. “They made shots tonight, guys moved well without the ball. … It starts with defense. We were able to get stops, get out in transition, create mismatches in transition. Guys are going to their spots, and I just try to find them.”

Anthony Davis was the beneficiary of most of Rondo’s assists, finishing with 33 points, 18 rebounds and 4 steals. Darius Miller contributed with 5 points in 14 minutes.

The Pelicans look to even the series on Sunday at 3:30 pm ET. You can catch the game on ABC.

All of Rondo’s 22 assists:

 

Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

5 Comments for BBNBA: Rondo records 21 assists in Pelicans win



  1. Parker_UKFanNC
    3:12 pm May 5, 2018 Permalink

    “Records 21 assists” “All of Rondo’s 22 assists”



  2. michaelb
    3:23 pm May 5, 2018 Permalink

    How does one make it to college, NBA, NBA playoffs or reach ‘superstar’ status just not playing any defense ? (Klay Thompson)…. look what klays defensive strategy was lol… apparently he set out to just shout profanities after his defensive assignment dunks or hits a jumper … wow



    • michaelb
      3:28 pm May 5, 2018 Permalink

      I was better defender in high school literally lol. They didn’t let me play in NBA cause I was too good, ‘said I’d ruin the NBA game for everyone’. Had to let other people get a shot at having basketball careers. Jk 😀



  3. Luether
    4:45 pm May 5, 2018 Permalink

    Several of Rondo’s “assists” were questionable and at least one ridiculous. Quite a bit of home cooking by the NO scorer. Even the announcers discussed this in the 4th quarter. Just saying…



    • michaelb
      7:45 pm May 5, 2018 Permalink

      What do you mean? Are you talking about what qualifies as an “assist” these days? I’m with ya , some times it’s laughable . In an odd way I agree with where the definition of an assist has gone though. Back in the day : if ball wasn’t scored within .3 seconds after recieving the pass they didn’t mark it down as a dime. A lot of things have changed in the realm of statistics in the last 15 yrs. such as that it’s possible for 2 players to earn a steal on the same play . In the past one player could knock the ball away from the offensive player and the other pick it up and break toward the goal & the guy that had the ball last was credited with the theft . Now adays the swipe that actually separates the ball from the defender can be credited for the steal as well . I noticed this happened when Wall & Bledsoe played. Back when we could trap & press .