Donovan Mitchell broke LeBron James’ franchise record for points in a game and became just the seventh player in NBA history to score 70+ points in a game when he dropped 71 in Cleveland’s 145-134 overtime victory over Chicago Tuesday night.
The 71 points were the most by any NBA player since Kobe Bryant’s legendary 81-point performance against Toronto on Jan. 26, 2006. The total is the eighth-most by any player in a single game in NBA history, a list of course topped by Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point performance in 1962.
Donovan Mitchell of the @cavs scored or assisted on 99 points tonight.— OptaSTATS (@OptaSTATS) January 3, 2023
That's the second most in a game in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain in his 100-point game on March 2, 1962 (104).
“To be there in the record book with guys like Wilt is truly humbling,’’ said Mitchell after the game. “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.’’
In addition to Chamberlain (who hit the 70-point mark six times), Bryant and Mitchell, the 70-point club also features David Thompson, Elgin Baylor, David Robinson and Devin Booker.
New Year New Me … 71 of them thangs ‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/eqTSqAEKk8— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) January 3, 2023
“We were treated tonight to one of the greatest performances in the history of the game,’’ Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “Every single play that he made was a play that was necessary.”
Mitchell scored 13 points in the overtime period alone, helping the Cavs break away for an 11-point win after what had been a back-and-forth four quarters in regulation.
ICYMI, Donovan Mitchell set a Cavaliers franchise record with 71 POINTS last night— Covers (@Covers) January 3, 2023
It’s the 8th most points in NBA HISTORY.
71 PTS (O 28.5) ✅
8 REB (O 3.5) ✅
11 AST (O 5.5) ✅
I think we all knew Donovan had the potential to be a very good NBA player, but man, he just keeps astounding as his career goes on.
Congrats to Don on history.