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Cavs’ Donovan Mitchell scores franchise-record 71 points in OT win

Cleveland – Donovan Mitchell scored an NBA season-high and franchise-record 71 points. Cleveland his Cavaliers rallied from 21 down in overtime to beat the Chicago Bulls 145-134. Monday night.

It was the most points scored by any player in a game since Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against Toronto on January 22, 2006. Wilt Chamberlain has his NBA record of 100 points against New York on March 2, 1962 against Philadelphia. 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.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving said he was “great” when told Mitchell had broken the Cavaliers’ franchise record of 57, held by him and LeBron James. “Records have to be broken. I’m glad he did. Funny thing is… I yelled at Don, I was on Call of Duty just before my fight with Don. Me.” We were playing quads’, and it turned out he was trapped. he was locked up. ”

In OT, Mitchell poured in 11 points, becoming the 12th player to score 70. He also recorded his 11 assists and his 8 rebounds in 50 minutes, setting career highs with 20 free throws and his 25 free throw attempts.

Mitchell had 99 points or assists. This is his second-most in NBA history and the most since Wilt’s Chamberlain’s 100-scoring game.

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.

Mitchell started the new year with an aggressive funk, shooting 32.9% on 73 field goal attempts and averaging 17.5 points over the last four games. He currently ranks his 9th in the NBA with a scoring average of 28.0.

JB Bickerstaff said, “Many teams have sent him more bodies, and it’s our responsibility to help him.”

For the first time since 2016-2017, Cleveland set a winning record every first three months of the season. The latter capped a 16-game winning streak with All-Stars LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

ESPN’s Tim Bontemps, ESPN Stats & Information and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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