Donovan Mitchell scored an NBA season-high 71 points, a franchise record. The Cleveland Cavaliers recovered from his 21 points to beat the Chicago Bulls 145-134.
It was the highest scoring game since Lakers legend Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against Toronto on January 22, 2006. Wilt Chamberlain has his NBA record of 100 points on March 2, 1962, in a game against Philadelphia against New York in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
After grabbing a deliberately missed free throw and making a circus shot with three seconds left to force an OT, Mitchell scored 13 points in the extra session to tie the game at 130 and set a Cavaliers record with 58 points. I broke it.
Mitchell became the 12th player to score 70 points in a single game. He also had 11 assists and 8 rebounds in 50 minutes, setting career highs with 20 free throws and 25 free throw attempts.
The enemy of the Central Division met for the second time in three days. Cleveland was a 103–102 winner at the United Center on December 31.
Reported by Associated Press.
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