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Chris Paul dishes out 6000th assist as Clippers defeat Pistons

Chris Paul & Isiah Thomas shake hands
Chris Paul & Isiah Thomas shake hands
Andrew D. Bernstein

The Los Angeles Clippers gathered themselves together in the second half, and defeated the Detroit Pistons 112-103 on Saturday night.

The highlight of the night was not only the win, but for the milestone that Chris Paul reached in the first half when he dished out his 6000th career assist to Blake Griffin.
Paul is the seventh player to reach to the milestone behind, Jason Kidd, Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Norm Nixon, Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas who was in attendance.

During a timeout, Thomas reached out to Paul and the two exchanged pleasant words.
Paul has been compared to not only Thomas but Allen Iverson as well.
"He's somebody that I watched and I admired," said Paul.
"Isiah is one of the greatest and one of the best to ever play the game. I think that fierceness that he played with and that edge. ...I'm not as quick or fast as he ever was or as crafty. I always have this burnt image in my head of Isiah Thomas, he was in a double team and he kept doing these crossovers."

Paul went on to say that the difference with Isiah is the fact he won championships, which something that the nine year guard is seriously closer to capturing sooner than later.

Both Thomas and Paul have showcased leadership on the floor, and Paul remaining the constant professional, explained where his sights remain. Understanding that he had no idea that he had 6000 assist, and Paul competitive edge was about winning the game, and ensuring that his teammates came up big like Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford, DeAndre Jordan and others.

"I'm so focused on winning games and not really the individual achievements."

Paul finished the game with 28 points and 15 assist, as the Clippers continue to march toward the playoff push.

Thomas shared his thoughts about Paul with LACTV, "It's awesome to see him achieve this level. It's always an honor to be compared to him because he's such a great player, such a great leader on the floor and what he's done for this franchise and what he's done for Los Angeles, it speaks volumes."

Thomas a two time champion, and part of one the greatest back court duo in NBA history, recognizes the greatness that will continue to shine from Paul.

"I'm just honored because he's such a special player and such a special person," said Thomas.

Clippers teammate Jamal Crawford who played under Thomas in New York as a member of the Knicks was also surprised by Thomas' presence. Crawford spoke highly of the two guards in Thomas and Paul.

"I say, there's only one Michael Jordan, but I think Kobe is the closest player we'll ever see to Jordan. And I think there's only one Isiah Thomas, but for this generation I think Chris is the closest player we'll see to him," said Crawford. "I think his moxie, his toughness, his leadership, how he can control the game, those are all things that Isiah used to do."

As the Clippers continue to improve, Chris Paul continues to show that he is the premier point guard of the league on and off the floor, especially for this team.

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