Donovan Mitchell scores 71 points in Cavaliers win over Bulls


Donovan Mitchell notched an NBA season-high and a franchise-record 71 points — the eighth-highest in a game in history — as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Chicago Bulls 145-134 in overtime from 21 down Monday night.

It was the highest-scoring game since Lakers legend Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006. Wilt Chamberlain owns the NBA record 100 for Philadelphia vs. New York on March 2, 1962 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Mitchell scored 13 points in the extra session after forcing OT by snatching his own intentionally missed free throw and making a circus shot with 3 seconds left, tying the game at 130-all and breaking the Cavaliers record with 58 points.

Mitchell is only the 12th player to score 70 points in a game. He also had a career high with 11 assists and eight rebounds in 50 minutes and set career highs with 20 free throws and 25 free throw attempts.

The enemies of the Central Division clashed for the second time in three days. Cleveland was the 103-102 winner at the United Center on December 31st.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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