Scott Skiles sets assists record

On December 30, 1990, Scott Skiles set a record with 30 assists as he helped lead the Orlando Magic to a 155-116 home victory over the Denver Nuggets. The Magic ended the first quarter with a 35-23 lead and they never looked back.

Skiles contributed 22 points to the Magic victory. The Nuggets moved to a three game losing streak and the Magic advanced to a one game win streak. He still holds the record for most assists in one game.

Skiles started his journey with the National Basketball Association with the Milwaukee Bucks who chose him in the first round of the 1986 draft. He played for 10 seasons in the NBA. He was not on any All-Star teams and the only award he was given was the Most Improved Player at the end of the 1990-91 season. he did manage to keep up in the pros by making almost 90 per-cent of his free throws and maintain an 11 point per game average.

Shortly after he retired from his career as a player, Skiles became a coach for the Phoenix Suns,  the Chicago Bulls and he finished his career with the Bucks. He coached his teams to the playoffs six times.

Skiles success came while he was in college at Michigan State. He scored a school record record of 2,145 points before his graduation and currently ranked third in school history. The school retired the former All-American’s number, 4, in 1988. Plymouth High School retired his number, 22, and he was honored by being chosen to be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame for his outstanding performance in high school.

Related Links: http://www.nba.com/coachfile/scott_skiles/ (NBA.com biography)

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