Donovan Mitchell Scores Cavs’ Franchise-Document, Profession-Finest 71 Factors In OT Win

The Cleveland guard turns into simply the seventh participant in NBA historical past to attain at the least 70 factors in a sport.

A 70-point sport is a rarity within the NBA: simply 11 in league historical past, heading into 2023.

Make it 12. Monday night time, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell did the unimaginable, erupting for a career-high 71 factors to notch an unbelievable 145-134 additional time victory in opposition to the Chicago Bulls.

He turns into simply the seventh participant in NBA historical past to attain 70 or extra in a sport, and the primary since Devin Booker in 2017. Mitchell’s whole marked probably the most factors in a sport by any participant since Kobe Bryant’s 81 in January 2006.


NBA SINGLE GAME LEADERS IN POINTS

Title Date Factors
Wilt Chamberlain March 2, 1962 100
Kobe Bryant Jan. 22, 2006 81
Wilt Chamberlain Dec. 8, 1961 78
David Thompson April 9, 1978 73
Wilt Chamberlain Nov. 16, 1962 73
Wilt Chamberlain Jan. 13, 1962 73
Wilt Chamberlain Nov. 3, 1962 72
David Robinson April 24, 1994 71
Elgin Baylor Nov. 15, 1960 71
Donovan Mitchell Jan. 2, 2023 71
Devin Booker March 24, 2017 70
Wilt Chamberlain March 10, 1963 70

Mitchell, who’s enjoying his first season in Cleveland after being traded from Utah in the course of the offseason, set a brand new scoring file for the Cavaliers, breaking the mark beforehand co-held by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving (57 factors). 

The 26-year-old guard seemed unstoppable when his staff wanted him most. After making his first free throw to chop the lead to 2 with 4.4 seconds left, Mitchell deliberately missed his second try, solely to seize the miss and hit a layup to tie issues up at 130 apiece. Chicago’s DeMar DeRozan seemed to silence Cleveland followers on the buzzer however missed a protracted 3-pointer, leaving additional time to resolve the result. 

Mitchell wanted 13 factors within the further interval to finish his 71-point outpour. He additionally completed the sport with eight rebounds and 11 assists; no participant to attain 70 prior had additionally dished double-digits.

After the sport, Mitchell’s teammates had been able to have fun the epic efficiency and the victory, dousing him with loads of water whereas gamers from across the league praised his efficiency from afar on social media.

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