RECORD-SETTER: Scott Skiles compared setting the NBA record for assists to winning a state high school basketball tournament nine seasons earlier.

"I don't know if the idea of making 30 assists will sink in for a long time," the Orlando Magic guard said of the record he set Sunday. "It makes me think back to the time my high school team {in Plymouth, Ind.} won the state championship in double overtime.

"I can't remember a lot of the things I wish I could remember about that. I won't forget making 30 assists. It's not often you do something that means so much."

Skiles broke Kevin Porter's 1978 record with a pass to Jerry Reynolds with 19.6 seconds left in a 155-116 win over Denver.

GOOD NEWS: F Jerome Kersey's injured calf has improved considerably and he may be able to return to NBA action in the near future. He strained his left calf muscle against the Cavaliers Saturday night and missed the Trail Blazers' loss at Milwaukee Sunday.

A wheelchair had to be used to remove him from the court when he was injured and team officials initially speculated he could be lost for as long as two weeks. But Kersey has improved steadily and said he felt much better.

FINGERED: Former Spingarn star and Miami G Sherman Douglas fractured his left index finger Sunday night against the Clippers and will sit out Wednesday's game against the Jazz.

SHORT TERMER: The Cavaliers signed F Henry James to a 10-day contract. He fills a roster spot vacated when G Mike Woodson was released last week.