- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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HOUSTON -- Jason Kidd is No. 2 in the NBA record book.
With his fifth assist Wednesday night, Kidd moved up a notch on the all-time list. He’s behind only John Stockton after bumping Mark Jackson to third place. The 10,335th assist of Kidd’s career was an alley-oop to rookie guard Rodrigue Beaubois off a set halfcourt play in the early stages of the third quarter.
At 36, Kidd might have lost a half-step, but his vision and anticipation are as sharp as ever. He entered the night averaging 9.4 assists per game, which ranked third in the league.
“Just the ability to not only see, but to deliver the ball in rhythm, on time, on target,” coach Rick Carlisle said when asked what impressed him most about Kidd’s passing. “I’ve seen some of the most amazing passes in the last year and a half – 50-foot bounce passes with side spin on them and it comes up in a guy’s hands to finish on the break. Just amazing stuff. Yet he also understands the importance of simplicity. He’s one of the rare greats.”