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Rajon Rondo posts career-high and Pelicans franchise record 25 assists

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With All-Star frontcourt duo Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins at their disposal, the New Orleans Pelicans needed to bring in a playmaker to feed them and chose one of the best in the NBA.

After having his contract terminated by the Chicago Bulls in the summer, the Pelicans saw Rajon Rondo as the perfect guy to compliment their talented big man duo and signed him up to a one-year deal.

His integration was delayed by a hamstring injury that saw him miss the opening weeks of the season but since taking to the floor, he's had an immediate impact.

The veteran has done what he's always been good at by facilitating and racking up assists to help his teammates feel comfortable scoring.

Rondo took this to a new level on Wednesday night as he put on a passing clinic against the Brooklyn Nets.

In a resounding 128-113 win at home, the 31-year-old posted an incredible career-high 25 assists which set a new franchise record.

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The former Boston Celtics man also became just the seventh player in NBA history to notch this total of dimes and the first since Jason Kidd in 1996.

The four-time All-Star's ability to get the ball to his teammates in the right spots worked wonders as they had four players score 20+ points on the night.

Rondo said he enjoyed making the job easier for the others on his team and he did it to perfection at the Smoothie King Center last night.

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"The number one thing is we got the win. And then me, personally, I love passing the ball," Rondo said. "I've been blessed to play with a lot of great players, and what I take pride in is making those guys' jobs easier."

He's the only active player to put up 25 assists in a game and joins an elite group featuring the likes of Scott Skiles, John Stockton, Jason Kidd and Isiah Thomas.

"It's definitely an honor to be mentioned with those guys, especially with passing the ball, which I take pride in," Rondo said. "But I couldn't have done it without my teammates making shots, so I've got to give those guys the credit."

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Rondo created 58 points with his assists, the most by any player in a game over the past 20 seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. However, he scored only two points himself, the fewest in a 25-assist game, per Elias.

Cousins said the former NBA champion made the game look "easy" as the Pelicans improve to 18-16.

His addition is already having the desired effect and it certainly makes them legitimate playoff contenders this season.

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