From Wilt Chamberlain to Jeremy Lin: 10 NBA 'firsts'

Jeremy Lin's rise on the NBA radar provides the impetus to look back at Wilt Chamberlain's highest-scoring game and nine other NBA 'firsts.'

10. First player to have 30 assists in a game: Scott Skiles

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Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles against the Phoenix Suns in an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Phoenix.

As a 6 ft. 1 in. playmaking guard during 10 seasons in the NBA, Scott Skiles bounced around quite a bit, playing for five different teams. He was a feisty gamer who never achieved all-star status, but for one game played on Dec. 30, 1990, no one has ever been better at distributing the ball. That night, for the Orlando Magic, he collected 30 assists, a feat that has never been accomplished since. For the season, he averaged 8.4 assists per game and 17.2 points, figures that helped him capture the NBA’s Most Improved Player award. A former Indiana high school star, today he coaches the Milwaukee Bucks.

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