CP3 passes Magic Johnson for fifth on all-time assist list
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) dribbles against the Sacramento Kings during the second half at Phoenix Suns Arena.  Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Paul passes Magic Johnson for fifth on all-time assist list

Chris Paul passed Magic Johnson in all-time assists during the Phoenix Suns' win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, officially entering the top five of all-time assist leaders.

Heading into the game, Paul was just nine assists behind Magic, and he officially passed him in the fourth quarter with a full-court assist to Devin Booker, his 10,142nd career assist. He ended the game with 13 assists, putting his career total at 10,145. 

After the game, Paul said passing Magic was a surreal experience and said that he hoped to send the ball to the legend to get it signed.

"There will never be another Magic," Paul said. "Showtime. You know what I mean?"

Paul could make his way into the top three in all-time assists sooner rather than later, as he is now less than 200 assists behind Mark Jackson (10,334) and Steve Nash (10,335). The future Hall of Fame point guard is currently averaging 8.8 assists per game this season, and with 15 games left, Paul could conceivably catch both of them, though he may need the playoffs or wait until next season to pass them. 

Regardless of where he ends up on the all-time assist list, Paul has already done more than enough to erase any doubt that he is one of the greatest point guards in NBA history.

Blake Harper is a writer based in New York. He's originally from San Diego and is one of the few Chargers fans left. He doesn't believe in ties and loves elaborate celebrations. Follow him on Twitter @beezyharps 

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