When offensive records fall in the NBA these days, it’s a sure bet the Denver Nuggets will be involved.
While the Magic was setting a club scoring record in a 155-116 victory over the Nuggets Sunday night at Orlando, Fla., guard Scott Skiles set an NBA record for assists.
Skiles, 23rd in the league with a 6.6 average, had 30 assists. The former record was 29 set in 1978 by Kevin Porter of New Jersey.
Skiles, a fifth-year guard from Michigan State, tied the record with almost seven minutes remaining. He then made eight passes on which his teammates failed to convert. There were only 20 seconds when Jerry Reynolds took a pass from Skiles and sank a 20-footer for the record-breaker.
Skiles, who had 18 assists earlier in the season, had 14 in the first half when the Magic built a 72-49 lead.