Donovan Mitchell became just the seventh player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in a single game on Monday night. The Cleveland Cavaliers stars Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, David Robinson, Elgin Baylor, and an incredible 71 points in a 145-134 win over the Chicago Bulls. Joins a glorious 70-point club alongside Devin Booker. Mitchell now has one of his game total points, the highest of any active player in the NBA, as Booker scored his 70 exactly. It was the 12th 70-point game in NBA history, as Chamberlain reached that number six times.
Cleveland needed all of Mitchell’s 71 points to secure a decisive victory. The Cavaliers have lost three games in a row, and he would have lost four without Mitchell’s credit. With five seconds left on him, Mitchell was on his line of free throws and needed an error, his offensive rebound and a bucket to send the game 130-128 into overtime. Like Luka Doncic did last week, Mitchell made a successful comeback at low odds.
Mitchell scored 13 of Cleveland’s 15 overtime points, overshadowing DeMar DeRozan’s 44-point masterpiece in the process. Mitchell’s performance is ultimately better than any of his single-game scoring records in recent NBA memory. Mitchell not only broke his 57-point Cleveland team record set by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving separately, but also became the highest scoring NBA player since Bryant’s 81 in 2006. It was a match.
Mitchell was having the best season yet for the Cleveland team, which is chasing the top seed in the Eastern Conference. He averages 28 points per game while flirting with his split shooting 50-40-90. This game was not only the crown jewel of his incredible season, the best game of his own career, but one of the greatest players in basketball history. did.