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The Cavs’ Donovan Mitchell scored 71 goals, the eighth highest in NBA history

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Donovan Mitchell became the seventh player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in a game. the Cleveland Cavaliers Najm finished winning 145-134 at Chicago Bulls With 71 points, he joins Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, David Robinson, Elgin Baylor and Devin Booker in the illustrious 70-point club. Because Booker scored exactly 70, Mitchell now has the highest single-game point total of any active NBA player. It was the 12th 70-point game in NBA history, with Chamberlain reaching that mark six times.

Cleveland needed each of Mitchell’s 71 points to secure the decisive victory. Cleveland lost three straight games, and had it not been for Mitchell’s exploits, they would have lost a fourth game. With less than five seconds left in the game, Mitchell stood at the free throw line needing a miss, an offensive rebound and a bucket to send the game 130-128 into overtime. Just as Luka Doncic did last week, Mitchell successfully executed a low odds comeback.

Mitchell scored 13 of Cleveland’s 15 extra points and, in the process, eclipsed a 44-point masterpiece from DeMar DeRozan. Mitchell’s performance ultimately trumps any single-game scoring score in recent NBA memory. Not only did Mitchell break the Cleveland team record of 57 points, set on separate occasions by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, but it was the highest-scoring game of any NBA player since Bryant scored 81 points in 2006.

Mitchell was already having the best season of his career to date for Cleveland’s team hunting for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. He averages a career high of 28 points per game while flirting with 50-40-90 shooting. This game was the crown jewel of his amazing season, the best game not only of his own career, but one of the best games any player has ever played in basketball history.

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