Incredible 71 point game from Donovan Mitchell earns Cleveland win
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Cleveland basketball players beat Chicago after overtime 145:134, and Donovan Mitchell played an unreal game in that victory as he broke the franchise record and finished the game with 71 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds.
The point guard of the USA and Cleveland team shot 22/34 from the field, 7/15 for threes, while he had 20/25 from the penalty line. Also, one of the moments that marked the match happened at the end when, with Cleveland trailing by 2 points, Mitchell missed the second throw, but then a few seconds before the end, he caught the ball and in the fall secured overtime for his team.
Mitchell is the 7th player in NBA history to score 70+ points.
"To be there in the record book with guys like Wilt is truly humbling,'' said 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.' ' "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.
"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.' '
Lebron James said:
"I haven't seen the clips of the game yet, but obviously, the guy had to be on fire.
... We play a game where a lot of guys always talk about getting buckets, you know? And some of the best guys who put the ball in the hole. And obviously, tonight, Donovan showed that he's one of the best in our league to be able to put up ...
anytime you're putting up 70s, 60s, 50s, 40s -- you know you're extremely, extremely gifted at what you do. That's definitely something he'll never forget, his family will never forget." The record, which will be difficult to break, is held by Wilt Chamberlain, who scored an incredible 100 points on March 2, 1962, in Philadelphia's 169:147 victory over New York.
The legendary center holds four of the first five places on the all-time list - with 78, twice for 73 and 72 points, while Kobe Bryant is in second place. On January 22, 2006, the former star of the Los Angeles Lakers scored 81 points in his team's 122:104 victory over Toronto.
More than 70 points were scored by David Thompson (73), Elgin Baylor (71), David Robinson (71), and Devin Booker (70). DeMar DeRozan had a good game on the other side and scored 44 points.