Today in Sports History: December 30

By Veronica An

Scott Skiles set a record of 30 assists in a single game during an Orlando Magic versus Denver Pistons game in 1990. He broke the previous 29 assist record by Kevin Porter which was set in 1978. Skiles joined the Milwaukee Bucks as part of the 1986 draft and averaged averaging 3.8 points and 3.5 assists in just 13 games. He played one season with the Indiana Pacers before being selected by the Orlando Magic in the 1989 NBA expansion draft. In 1990, he earned a starting position on the team and picking up the NBA Most Improved Player Award for the season. After mistime in the NBA, Skiles briefly joined the Greek League but he was soon sidelined by shoulder injuries. Skiles returned to the NBA as assistant coach of the Phoenix Suns and later as head coach. He later coached the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks; leading the Bucks to their first winning record in seven seasons and picking up the NBA Coach of the Year award in 2010.

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