Donovan Mitchell scores report 71 factors for Cleveland Cavaliers in win over Chicago Bulls


It was a high-scoring evening within the NBA on Monday as each Donovan Mitchell and LeBron James set factors data.

Mitchell scored 71 factors – the very best single-game factors complete since Los Angeles Lakers nice Kobe Bryant scored 81 in opposition to Toronto in 2006 – because the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Chicago Bulls 145-134 in time beyond regulation.

His career-high complete is a franchise report and, in line with the NBA, Mitchell is the seventh participant to attain 70-plus factors in a sport.

Wilt Chamberlain owns the NBA report with 100 factors for Philadelphia in opposition to New York on March 2, 1962.

“To be there in the record book with guys like Wilt is truly humbling,” mentioned Mitchell, per ESPN. “I always believed I could be one of the best players in the league. I’m speechless and blessed to be in the company of that greatness.”

Mitchell was soaked with water by his teammates on the finish of the sport, whereas his coach J.B. Bickerstaff described his efficiency as “one of the greatest performances in the history of the game.”

“Every single play that he made was a play that was necessary,” mentioned Bickerstaff, in line with ESPN. “Donovan has never put himself above the team, so how can you not root for a guy like that? I told everyone else to get out of the way.”

Mitchell (45) shoots against Chicago Bulls forward Derrick Jones Jr. (5).

Mitchell broke James’ earlier Cavaliers report of 57 factors in a sport. James had collectively owned that report with Kyrie Irving, although the NBA nice additionally put his identify within the historical past books on Monday.

In scoring 43 factors because the Lakers beat the Charlotte Hornets 121-115, James turned solely the second player aged 35 or older to report back-to-back 40-plus level video games. The opposite being Michael Jordan.