Rajon Rondo's night could almost be described as "magical."
Well, except Magic never did it.
Rondo was 9-years old the last time it happened.
His teammate Chieck Diallo wasn't even born yet.
So when Rondo dished out his 25th assist Wednesday night, finished off by Diallo's 10-foot jumper with 2:51 remaining in the game, it was enough to send folks searching through the record books.
Rondo became just the seventh player in NBA history to record 25 assists in a game in the Pelicans' 128-113 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in the Smoothie King Center.
He is the first player with 25 assists since Jason Kidd did it on Feb. 8, 1996, just two weeks before Rondo's 10th birthday and seven months before Diallo came into the world.
Rondo joined some elite company on a night when he finished five assists shy of Scott Skiles' NBA record of 30 set in 1990.
He probably could have broken the record, except some would be assists turned into "should've been assists" that his teammates were unable to finish.
"I kinda felt bad because I blew a couple shots," said DeMarcus Cousins. "He could have easily had 30 plus. Congrats (to him) but I kinda feel bad at the same time."
So instead of breaking the record, Rondo's 25 assists puts him in an exclusive fraternity of floor generals that only includes Skiles, John Stockton, Kidd, Kevin Johnson, Nate McMillan and Isiah Thomas (the original one). It's a list that is even more prestigous when you think about the great point guards who aren't on it. No Magic. No Oscar. No Nash.
"It's definitely an honor to be mentioned with those guys, especially with passing the ball because that's what I take pride in," Rondo said. "But I couldn't have done it without my teammates making shots so I have to give those guys credit."
Even more impressive is that Rondo played just 30 minutes. No player had ever dished out 25 dimes in such a short amount of time. In fact, the 25 assists Kidd had in 1996 was in a double overtime game.
So the standing ovation he received when he exited the game with 1:39 left was well deserved.
He broke the franchise record of 21, set by Chris Paul in the 2007-'08 season.
Rondo was in his second season in the NBA then, helping lead the Boston Celtics to the NBA title that year.
Now he's in his 12th season.
Alvin Gentry wasn’t going to be caught off guard.
Much like the guy who passes the ball for the Saints across the street in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sundays, Rondo doesn't seem to be slowing down one bit with age.
Just eight months ago, he was the reason the Chicago Bulls had a 2-0 lead over the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. He broke his right thumb, missed the rest of the series and the Bulls never got back on track without him.
Now in his first season with the Pelicans, he's helped get his new team back on track. The Pelicans won their third straight game Wednesday to improve to 18-16, good enough for seventh in the Western Conference (just a half game behind the Denver Nuggets and 1.5 games behind Oklahoma City.)
"I love passing the ball," Rondo said. "When everyone touches the ball, it gives you energy and life on defense so that's what I'm a big believer in."
Rondo found open teammates time and time again all over the court. His 25 assists led to eight 3-pointers and 17 2-pointers. That's 58 of the team's points. It's 60 if you count the two points Rondo scored.
He took just five shots.
Not that he cares anything about taking shots.
"I used to score a little bit back in the day, but the game has changed for me in the NBA," 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 a lot easier."
He did Wednesday night.
Twenty-five times to be exact.
25 assists or more in a game
Scott Skiles, Orlando, 30, 1990
John Stockton, Utah, 28, 1991
John Stockton, Utah, 27, 1989
John Stockton, Utah, 26, 1988
Rajon Rondo, New Orleans, 25, 2017
Jason Kidd, Dallas, 25, 1996
Kevin Johnson, Phoenix, 25, 1994
Nate McMillan, Seattle, 25, 1987
Isiah Thomas, Detroit, 1985