Mike Conley on Donovan Mitchell after 71-point game: He was like a kid on Christmas morning

Mike Conley on Donovan Mitchell after 71-point game: He was like a kid on Christmas morning

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Mike Conley on Donovan Mitchell after 71-point game: He was like a kid on Christmas morning

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Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
According to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report, #Cavs Donovan Mitchell’s miraculous record-setting basket shouldn’t have counted
cleveland.com/cavs/2023/01/d…7:10 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
The NBA’s L2M report from last night’s Bulls loss to the Cavaliers confirms that referees missed two calls in the final 15 seconds.
Jarrett Allen should’ve been called for traveling with 12.1 sec left. Donovan Mitchell committed a lane violation on his tying putback to force OT. – 6:06 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
NBA’s last two minute report cites two incorrect calls from last night’s #Bulls-Cavs game:
–Jarrett Allen wasn’t called for travelling before scoring with 12.1 secs left in 4th
–Donovan Mitchell should have been called for lane violation. as Billy Donovan suggested postgame – 6:04 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December.
#Cavs guard Donovan Mitchell was among the nominees for the award. – 4:32 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
With 71 points, Donovan Mitchell has chiseled his name into history.
@Michael Pina: https://t.co/6UDw5qXqgd pic.twitter.com/XFhl332VPj3:03 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Donovan Mitchell has a higher career high than
Michael Jordan
Steph Curry
James Harden
Kevin Durant
LeBron James
Shaquille O’Neal
Carmelo Anthony
Dirk Nowitzki
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Larry Bird
Allen Iverson pic.twitter.com/VvxicGAczh2:58 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Players with 70+ points in a win since Wilt:
— Donovan Mitchell
— Kobe Bryant
— David Robinson
That’s it. pic.twitter.com/A8LcfL8NZA2:40 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
New on BSJ: A look at why scoring has exploded in the NBA, the day after Donovan Mitchell scored 71 points bostonsportsjournal.com/2023/01/03/a-l…2:21 PM
Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Mike Conley called Donovan Mitchell last night to congratulate him on the 71-point game.
“He was like a kid on Christmas morning. … One of those special nights. I was very happy for him.” – 1:16 PM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
New Lowe Post podcast: @Howard Beck + I on Donovan Mitchell’s 71-point explosion/top-5 in the East coming together; Klay going off/GSW w/o Curry; Howard’s predictions for 2023; 10 unsung heroes of the season so far:
Apple: apple.co/3Cjut5h
Spotify: spoti.fi/3WFkLlG1:11 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
Donovan Mitchell has career highs in PTS, FG%, 3PT%, and FT% this season, but surprisingly a lower usage percentage than last year with the Jazz. – 12:09 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
• Donovan Mitchell scores 71!
• Hawks-Warriors 2OT thriller!
• Nets win 12th straight!
• Bold predictions for ’23! 🔮
📼: https://t.co/4LBxqhGA15
🍎: https://t.co/XjSclyJYjS
✳️: https://t.co/YpCkqbnDWC
🅰️: https://t.co/v1qudKTb56 pic.twitter.com/lJx8M8enTm12:02 PM

Mary Schmitt Boyer/Jodie Valade @PDcavsinsider
Only two players in NBA history have scored or assisted on 99 or more of their team’s points in a game: Donovan Mitchell in his 71-point game against the Bulls and Wilt Chamberlain in his 100-point game against the New York Knicks. Photos: AP and clevelanddotcom #Cavs pic.twitter.com/LfVtdsVq0712:00 PM

Todd Whitehead @CrumpledJumper
Klay Thompson (54), Luka Doncic (60, 51) and – for the first time in any regular season game of his career – Donovan Mitchell (71) each got a 50 🍔 this week.
Who might be the next player to break 50 for the first time? pic.twitter.com/MnhZtbOPWz11:35 AM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Where does Donovan Mitchell’s 71 points last night rank in NBA history?
@Frank Isola & @Brian Scalabrine give context to a historic night in Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/h2QL2ij56111:31 AM

Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
NBA has been amazing the last month. We’ve seen:
— 9 players score 50+ in a game
— Luka drop a 60/20/10
— Donovan Mitchell score 71, with 11 assists
— Giannis had back-to-back 40/20 games
— Jokic had a 40/27/10, + 5 other triple-doubles
— There have been 22 triple-doubles in all – 11:21 AM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Most total points created in a single game in NBA history:
1. Wilt Chamberlain: 104 (100 points and 2 assists)
2. Donovan Mitchell: 99 (71 points and 11 assists) – 10:35 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
NBA MVP odds per @betonline_ag:
Luka Doncic 5/2
Nikola Jokic 13/4
Jayson Tatum 7/2
Giannis Antetokounmpo 5/1
Kevin Durant 9/1
Joel Embiid 12/1
Ja Morant 25/1
Zion Williamson 33/1
Stephen Curry 50/1
Donovan Mitchell 50/1
Pascal Siakam 100/1
All others off the board. – 10:35 AM
Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Donovan Mitchell made 22 field goals and 20 free throws last night vs the Bulls.
He is the 4th player to record 20 FGM and 20 FTM in the same game, joining:
– Wilt Chamberlain in 1962 (100 points)
– Michael Jordan in 1990 (69 points)
– Devin Booker in 2017 (70 points) – 10:30 AM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Donovan Mitchell last night:
✅ 71 PTS
✅ 10 AST
✅ 22-34 FG
✅ 20-25 FT
Mitchell is the first player in NBA history to record at least 70p/10a in a game.
His 78.9 TS% is the highest in NBA history by a player in a 70-point game.
Read and subscribe: open.substack.com/pub/statitudes…10:11 AM
Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Donovan Mitchell made 22 field goals and 20 free throws last night vs the Bulls.
He is the 4th player to record 20 FGM and 20 FTM in the same game, joining…
– Wilt Chamberlain in 1962 (100 points)
– Michael Jordan in 1990 (69 points)
– Devin Booker in 2017 (71 points) – 10:07 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
71 points is obviously ridiculous, but Donovan Mitchell also had 11 assists. Those 11 assists created 28 points for Cleveland.
99 points created directly by Mitchell is mindboggling stuff. Almost doesn’t seem real. – 9:37 AM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
History was certainly made in Cleveland last night, by more than one man. Yes, Donovan Mitchell scored 71. But on the broadcast was the same guy who called Kobe’s 81 pointer nearly 17 years ago, ⁦@The Athletictheathletic.com/4053457/2023/0…9:10 AM
Tom Ziller @teamziller
Good Morning It’s Basketball: The awe of Donovan Mitchell’s 71 ziller.substack.com/p/the-awe-of-d…9:02 AM
Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN
Playing 50 minutes and carrying his team the entire way, Donovan Mitchell had more energy than anyone during his iconic 71-point performance last night. There was a reason for that: espn.com/nba/insider/st…8:51 AM
Mary Schmitt Boyer/Jodie Valade @PDcavsinsider
Even after one of the best individual performances in NBA history, Donovan Mitchell’s first thoughts after the game went to his Cavaliers’ teammates. Photo: John Kuntz, clevelanddotcom #Cavs pic.twitter.com/82s9N1jAk58:31 AM

Trey Kerby @treykerby
I thought Darius Garland scoring 51 the same night Embiid had 59 would be the most slept-on 50-point game this season, but Klay Thompson’s 54 the same night as Donovan Mitchell’s 71 is going to be tough to top. – 8:12 AM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Donovan Mitchell: “I’ve always believed I can be one of the best players in this league, but I have to keep working. This is a big milestone but at the end of the day, we have to continue. Those other guys have all won at the highest level and that’s my ultimate goal.” pic.twitter.com/dc3CKaM6MF8:03 AM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Donovan Mitchell Record-Breaking 70-PT DOUBLE-DOUBLE | January 2, 2023
sportando.basketball/en/donovan-mit…5:08 AM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
It’s 1:45 AM CT-my phone is blowing up over Donovan Mitchell’s 71 points but it is irrelevant and not even a thought- what is my concern is the health of Buffalo’s Damar Hamlin. Please, please pray and lift up this young man, his family, the NFL family. Thank you. – 2:44 AM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Players with 50+ points this NBA season:
Donovan Mitchell: 71
Luka Doncic: 60
Joel Embiid: 59
Devin Booker: 58
Anthony Davis: 55
Klay Thompson: 54
Joel Embiid: 53
Pascal Siakam: 52
Luka Doncic: 51
Devin Booker: 51
Darius Garland: 51
Luka Doncic: 50
Steph Curry: 50 – 2:35 AM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
#Cavs Donovan Mitchell’s second half against the Bulls: 55 points on 17-of-24 shooting (17-20 FTs), eight assists, seven rebounds, one turnover in 29 minutes. – 2:23 AM
Donovan Mitchell erupts for 71 points: Nine numbers to know from the best scoring night we’ve seen since Kobe Bryant’s 81 piece
cbssports.com/nba/news/donov…2:09 AM
Donovan Mitchell erupts for 71: Nine numbers to know from NBA’s highest-scoring game since Kobe Bryant’s 81
cbssports.com/nba/news/donov…2:07 AM
Ryan McDonald @ryanwmcdonald
Donovan Mitchell made NBA history — and scored 71 points along the way https://t.co/CRJvDanb2M pic.twitter.com/eJSYp91ZD52:03 AM

Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell had 16 points at halftime and the #Cavs trailed by as many as 21 points. What happened next was one of the greatest performances in NBA history. thelandondemand.com/news/2023/jan/…1:48 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Donovan Mitchell scored the most points in a game by any player since Kobe Bryant’s 81 in January 2006 😱
71 PTS
22/34 FG
11 AST
✅ OT WIN vs Bulls
🎥 @NBATV pic.twitter.com/YtAalWlgZq1:47 AM

Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell had played 47 minutes at this point. He closes out on a shooter and then beats everyone else down the floor for a basket that gives him 63 points on the night. What an absolutely bonkers performance. pic.twitter.com/YbmLsbHyGT1:20 AM

Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell making this play after playing the entire second half is insane. pic.twitter.com/nFV2XgWru01:18 AM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Radio Roulette is live @UnderdogFantasy
• Donovan Mitchell’s historic 71-point night
• Klay Thompson goes 54, Looney wins it 2OT
• LeBron at it again
• Day ending in Y for Luka/Embiid
• MVP shuffle
• Big picture stats look
Going to be a late one⬇️
https://t.co/p68KCZxegX pic.twitter.com/3XaAFpeVrw1:16 AM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Crazy scoring performances across the NBA tonight
Donovan Mitchell 71
Klay Thompson 54
DeMar DeRozan 44
LeBron James 43
Joel Embiid 42
Luka Doncic 39 – 12:59 AM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Of the 12 times an NBA player (Donovan Mitchell) has scored 70 points, this is the third where another (Klay Thompson) scored at least 50 the same day. Wilt Chamberlain (78) & Elgin Baylor (63) did it in December 1961 and David Thompson (73) & George Gervin (63) in April 1978. – 12:56 AM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Prior to tonight, there had been nine games in NBA history in which a player scored 71 points or more. The assist totals for the players that scored 71+ points are: 2, 2, 1, 2, 1, 0, 1, 5, 1.
Donovan Mitchell scored 71 points and had 11 assists tonight. – 12:53 AM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell scored or assisted on 99 points tonight for the #Cavs. – 12:42 AM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Klay Thompson only needs 20 points to surpass Donovan Mitchell on the nightly league leaderboard. – 12:38 AM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
The NBA’s 71 Club. Wilt. Kobe. David Thompson. Elgin. The Admiral. And now, Spyda. Donovan Mitchell ‘humbled’ by historic night, joining rare company after scoring all those points, ⁦@The Athletictheathletic.com/4053221/2023/0…12:25 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
A little self-serving but I scan old bylines when players I used to cover like Donovan Mitchell make news. Looked up a 2017 Summer League story — which is now kind of funny for featuring Jazz fans screaming at Danny Ainge for stealing Gordon Hayward: archive.sltrib.com/article.php?id…12:09 AM
Donovan Mitchell @spidadmitchell
New Year New Me😂… 71 of them thangs ‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/eqTSqAEKk811:24 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Watch Donovan Mitchell drop insane 71, Cavs needs all of it for OT win nba.nbcsports.com/2023/01/02/wat…11:23 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
“In my 15 years, that’s the best performance I’ve ever seen”
#Cavs Donovan Mitchell makes history with 71 points, leads team to improbable come-from-behind win
cleveland.com/cavs/2023/01/d…11:22 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
In a season with a lot of 40+ and 50+ point games, Donovan Mitchell looked at Luka and said “hold my postgame recovery beer…” – 11:17 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
#Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff on Donovan Mitchell’s 71-point performance tonight: “I don’t know how many guys in our league that can do what he did tonight.” – 11:12 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
The Bulls were on the right track in the first half, but Donovan Mitchell erased any hope of a win with a career-high 71-point scorcher.
More on the historic night and the OT loss: chicagotribune.com/sports/bulls/c…11:11 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
The Bulls continue re-writing the book on awful ways to lose games, and thanks to 71 points by Donovan Mitchell, as well as a missed free throw, they found another. Billy’s pissed, PWill was distraught … one click to read it all.
Read it:
chicago.suntimes.com/bulls/2023/1/2…11:07 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Cavs star Donovan Mitchell scored or assisted on 99 points, the 2nd-most in a game in NBA history and the most since Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. @ESPNStatsInfo Mitchell had 71 points and 11 assists in overtime win over the Bulls. bit.ly/3jfYHzm11:06 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs Donovan Mitchell on Bills safety Damar Hamlin: “Prayers up for the Bills safety. I heard about it, I didn’t see it. We’re praying for him, all of us in the locker room. From the Cavalier organization we want to wish the best and praying everything goes well.” – 10:54 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
#Cavs Donovan Mitchell ended his press conference tonight with prayers out to Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin. – 10:52 PM
Lamar Stevens @LamarStevens11
Donovan Mitchell 🤯🤯🤯 – 10:48 PM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
Donovan Mitchell just pulled off one of the greatest single games in NBA history. Read about it ⁦@The Athletictheathletic.com/4053221/2023/0…10:42 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Donovan Mitchell ended his presser by offering up prayers for Damar Hamlin. – 10:35 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell closes his presser after his 71-point game with prayers up for Damar Hamlin from him and the entire Cavaliers organization. – 10:34 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Donovan Mitchell said only time he’s ever scored 71 was “in 2K.” – 10:27 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Donovan Mitchell broke Kyrie Irving’s Cavs scoring record with 71 points tonight.
Kyrie said he was playing Call of Duty with Mitchell earlier today and could tell he was locked in.
“That’s motivation, I’m about to get shots up right now,” Irving just said leaving the podium. – 10:23 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving said he has more work to do and joked that he’d go get shots up right now after learning Donovan Mitchell hung 71 on the Bulls including the intentional missed free throw. – 10:23 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Kyrie Irving was asked about Donovan Mitchell finishing with 71pts tonight. He said he hadn’t seen the highlights yet but shared that he and Donovan were on Call of Duty earlier today. Irving said he could tell then that he was locked in. – 10:22 PM
Robin Lopez @rolopez42
I’m going to get it out of the way and point out that Donovan Mitchell and Robin Lopez combined for 72 tonight. Hashtag Historic Game. – 10:21 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Kyrie Irving said he and Donovan Mitchell were playing Call of Duty this afternoon and that he knew Mitchell was “locked in.” Said he’s happy Mitchell broke his Cavs record, and that records are meant to be broken. – 10:20 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
We’ve had 60-20-10s, back-to-back 40-20s, and I’m not sure anything this season is going to top the 71-8-11 line that Donovan Mitchell just posted for the Cavs, where the team needed legit every single point to get the win, including a missed FT rebound to force OT. – 10:19 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Billy Donovan told reporters in Cleveland that he believes Donovan Mitchell committed a lane violation on his putback that forced OT. Also said “we need to block out better” and doesn’t exonerate Bulls for that missed assignment. – 10:17 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Donovan Mitchell is the first player in NBA history to score 70+ points and record at least 10 assists in a game.
pic.twitter.com/mrN7AizdEr10:16 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Donovan Mitchell
1st Half: 16 points
2nd Half: 42 points
OT: 13 points – 10:14 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Donovan Mitchell’s 71 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds on 64% FG is arguably the greatest state line ever. – 10:12 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Donovan Mitchell did one of the greatest performances we’ve ever seen.
71 points
22-34 FG
11 assists
He refused to lose and put the #Cavs on his back. Stellar night! #letemknow10:12 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Donovan Mitchell has been in the MVP conversation all season and just scored 71 points in a game. The Jazz trading Mitchell months before hitting his prime could end up looking disastrous. – 10:09 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Donovan Mitchell is incredible, cool to see him have a performance like that for the record books.
He’s an all timer. – 10:09 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Donovan Mitchell tonight:
— 71/8/11
— Sends it to OT on a tip
— First 70p/10 a game in NBA history
— 3rd 70-point game of the century
— 13 points in OT
One of the greatest performances of all-time. pic.twitter.com/qEeoZhjHXt10:08 PM

Joe Gabriele @CavsJoeG
Donovan Mitchell erupts for #Cavs franchise record, NBA high-water mark this year — 71 points, 22-of-34FG, 7-of-15 3ptFG, 20-of-25FT, game-hi 11asst, 8reb.
#Cavs win, 145-134; now 6-0 in OT this year, 3-0 vs. CHI.
Love – 12pts, game-hi 17reb
Allen – 21pts, 9-10FG pic.twitter.com/MPkdKiVelz10:07 PM

Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
The Bulls give up a 21-point lead to drop a second-straight loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime.
Donovan Mitchell was the star of the show with his 71-point performance. Only the 12th 70+ point game in NBA history. – 10:05 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Cavs 145, Bulls 134, final. Donovan Mitchell has franchise-record 71 points. – 10:05 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs Cedi Osman just took Serena’s mic and started the MVP chants for Donovan Mitchell. Fans are cheering so loudly. pic.twitter.com/RN3mSqBBpc10:05 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Donovan Mitchell now has the highest career scoring game of any active player.
71 – Mitchell
70 – Booker
62 – Curry
61 – LeBron, Harden (2x), Dame (2x) – 10:05 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
The Bulls give up an 18-point lead to drop a second-straight loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime.
Donovan Mitchell was the star of the show with his 71-point performance. Only the 12th 70+ point game in NBA history. – 10:05 PM
Synergy Sports Tech @SynergySST
Donovan Mitchell finished with a career-high 71 points and created, assisted, or scored 99 points overall in the Cavaliers’ overtime victory over the Bulls. – 10:04 PM
Mike Conley @mconley11
Omg praying for Damar Hamlin 🙏🏿 – 10:04 PM
Dave Mason @DeuceMason
What a performance by Donovan Mitchell. The talent in the NBA is absuuuurd – 10:04 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Donovan Mitchell has done it. Points 70 & 71 in a historic performance. pic.twitter.com/FLuxoFOX5O10:03 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
I think this 71-point performance officially proves that Donovan Mitchell is better than Devin Booker, and nobody will have an opinion about that. – 10:03 PM
Mary Schmitt Boyer/Jodie Valade @PDcavsinsider
UNBELIEVABLE! Donovan Mitchell scores 71 points as Cleveland beats the Bulls, 145-134, in overtime. Photo: John Kuntz, clevelanddotcom #Cavs pic.twitter.com/TPuynCsHRY10:03 PM

Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
The M-V-P chants were deafening here in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at one point for #Cavs Donovan Mitchell. And rightfully so, as he ended the game with 71 points. Absolutely insane game from Mitchell. He is so special.
Cavs beat the Bulls in overtime 145-134. – 10:03 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Georges Niang, hearing a few of us in the media room talking about Donovan Mitchell, jokes “Enough about Donovan Mitchell. I’m here.” – 10:03 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell just played the greatest regular season game in Cleveland Cavaliers history. He finishes with a franchise record 71 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds. He played every second of the second half. #Cavs beat the Bulls 145-134. – 10:03 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Donovan Mitchell had 71 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds tonight. – 10:02 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Final (OT): Cavaliers 145, Bulls 134
Donovan Mitchell scored 71 points, the most ever by a Bulls opponent. With an improbable tip-in of a missed free throw, he forced an overtime period in which Cleveland outscored the Bulls 15-4.
The Bulls are 16-21. – 10:02 PM
Synergy Sports Tech @SynergySST
Donovan Mitchell finished with a career-high 70 points and created, assisted, or scored 99 points overall in the Cavaliers’ overtime victory over the Bulls. – 10:02 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Previous high scoring game by a #Bulls opponent was Wilt Chamberlain’s 68 on 12/16/67.
Donovan Mitchell finishes with 71 in a game that never should have gone to OT. #Bulls lose 145-134 – 10:02 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Donovan Mitchell tonight:
71 PTS
11 AST
22-34 FG
7-15 3P
20-25 FT
Only the 5th player with a 70-point game since Wilt. pic.twitter.com/aZGfHMpKNc10:02 PM

Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Final: Cavs 145, Bulls 134, OT
Donovan Mitchell scored a career- and NBA season-high 71 points, the most since Kobe Bryant’s legendary 81-point performance in 2006.
It’s also the most points scored against the Bulls by an individual player in franchise history. – 10:02 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
71 points by Donovan Mitchell. 13 in overtime. Unbelievable. – 10:02 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Donovan Mitchell in tonight’s Cavaliers win over Bulls: 71 points – becoming the seventh player in NBA history to score 70 or more in a game. – 10:02 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
The highest NBA compliment: The Bulls have given up on guarding Donovan Mitchell and are just sending him to the line. – 10:01 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
70 points for Donovan Mitchell?? – 10:01 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Donovan Mitchell is doing what? – 10:01 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell has 71 points. – 10:01 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Donovan Mitchell right now is providing for us, what we desperately need…a temporary distraction from the unthinkable in Cincinnati.
69 points
8 rebounds
11 assists
If all our prayers are answered, Damar Hamlin will be safe, and this will be how tonight gets remembered. – 10:00 PM
Mike Conley @mconley11
🕷️🕷️🕷️ – 10:00 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
69 points for Donovan Mitchell. pic.twitter.com/d2Ogdz1wnS9:59 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Donovan Mitchell is the first player in NBA history to record at least 65 points and 10 assists in a game. – 9:59 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
nice game for donovan mitchell – 9:59 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
69 points. That a nice game for Donovan Mitchell. – 9:58 PM
Chris Vernon @ChrisVernonShow
the only thing to stop donovan mitchell is caris lavert 😂 – 9:58 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
Donovan Mitchell. 69 points. WOW. WOW. WOW. – 9:58 PM
Serena Winters @SerenaWinters
!!!!!!! – 9:58 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell has 69 points. – 9:57 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
66 points for Donovan Mitchell. pic.twitter.com/NmgFHKsET79:57 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
I don’t know a ton about NBA history but I believe Donovan Mitchell is officially now the best player in Cleveland Cavaliers history. – 9:57 PM
Lang Whitaker @langwhitaker
Donovan Mitchell has 66. With 1:33 left. – 9:56 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Donovan Mitchell has 66 points. This is insane. – 9:56 PM
Serena Winters @SerenaWinters
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
It’s hard to put into words how unreal of a game Donovan Mitchell has had tonight. He’s got 63 points on 32 shots, 11 rebounds, and seven assists. He’s played every single second of the second half. – 9:54 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Everyone else is cooked and Donovan Mitchell looks like he’s played for about five minutes. What a burst to the rim. – 9:54 PM
Eric Woodyard @E_Woodyard
What a game by Donovan Mitchell! – 9:54 PM
Serena Winters @SerenaWinters
Mary Schmitt Boyer/Jodie Valade @PDcavsinsider
BREAKING: With a game-tying shot late in the fourth quarter, Donovan Mitchell set the Cavs’ record for most points in a single game with 58, besting the mark of 57 set by LeBron James. #Cavs pic.twitter.com/Ya0AkqTI8c9:52 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Double OT for Cavs-Bulls would be sweet because Donovan Mitchell might get to 70 if it does. – 9:50 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Donovan Mitchell’s 61 points are high in the NBA this season – 9:49 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell becomes the first ever member of the Cleveland Cavaliers to have a 60-point regular season game. – 9:49 PM
Serena Winters @SerenaWinters
SIXTY ONE. – 9:49 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
For Knicks fans not watching…Chicago just fouled up three in the final seconds. Donovan Mitchell made the first free throw, intentionally missed the second, got his own rebound and made the putback. He has 58 now. Going to OT.
Crazy that’s happened twice in one week. – 9:48 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Donovan Mitchell!!! I can’t believe it pic.twitter.com/SoIv5zd8049:48 PM

Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell is everything the Cavaliers could have ever wanted when they traded for him and so much more. – 9:47 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Turns out fouling with a 3-point lead wasn’t best move for #Bulls. They’ll head to OT after Donovan Mitchell follows own missed FT. Mitchell has 58 pts, DeRozan 42 – 9:46 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell has 42 points AFTER HALFTIME tonight. – 9:46 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Holy shit. Donovan Mitchell (58) breaks LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers franchise-high for points in a single game to tie it with 4 seconds left.
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Serena Winters @SerenaWinters
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Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
The Cavaliers never led in regulation. Donovan Mitchell got his own FT miss, made the basket, and sends this one to OT.
Mitchell’s 58 points sets a Cavaliers franchise record. – 9:46 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Overtime in Cleveland.
DeMar DeRozan missed a potential game-winning 3 as time expired.
Donovan Mitchell heads to OT with 58 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists. – 9:46 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Going into OT tied at 130. Cavs guard Donovan Mitchell has 58 points. – 9:46 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Donovan Mitchell now has Cavs record for the most points in a single game. pic.twitter.com/yOLpP7KRzt9:46 PM

Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
We’re headed to OT as the #Cavs and Bulls are tied at 130.
Donovan Mitchell is SPECIAL. Wow. – 9:45 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Wrote about intentional free throw misses today. A great one just now by Donovan Mitchell – Tipped in himself without a lane violation! Mitchell with 58 as we head to OT!
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Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Just a ridiculous play by Donovan Mitchell to tap missed FT in to tie game 130-130. He has 58 points.
Bulls have a chance to win it here. – 9:45 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Donovan Mitchell pulled the Luka. Second time this happened in the NBA in a week. Crazy. pic.twitter.com/t79WtYKdT19:44 PM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
Donovan Mitchell: Put it on Vooch’s side. pic.twitter.com/32nfR9MCFG9:44 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Donovan Mitchell is playing out of his mind tonight. Unbelievable. – 9:44 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Donovan Mitchell just made a miraculous game-tying shot off his own missed free throw inside the final five seconds. – 9:44 PM
Lang Whitaker @langwhitaker
Holy heck Donovan Mitchell – 9:44 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell just intentionally missed a free throw, got his own rebound, and tied the game to set the Cavaliers single-game scoring record with 58 points.
Tied at 130, Bulls ball with 3.0 left, timeout. – 9:43 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
18.6 seconds left. Cavs trail 128-125, with a chance to tie.
Donovan Mitchell now the 5th player in Cavs history to score 50+ points. – 9:38 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Fun finish in Cleveland. Bulls lead the Cavs 122-119 with 1:42 remaining. Donovan Mitchell is sitting on 52 points. DeMar DeRozan has 42 points. #LeaguePassAlert9:31 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Donovan Mitchell has a career-high 50 points. Cavs trial by five points, 113-108. – 9:23 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Donovan Mitchell has the first 50-point regular-season game of his career. – 9:23 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
50 for #Cavs Donovan Mitchell. Missed the FT right there. – 9:23 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
#Cavs down 111-106 with 5:52 remaining here in the fourth quarter. Donovan Mitchell has played the entire second half and has 48 points. Have to wonder how much gas is left in the tank. – 9:20 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
As good as #Cavs Donovan Mitchell has been — and he’s been brilliant — Cedi Osman and Kevin Love keep hitting huge 3-pointers when the Bulls send traps at Mitchell. That’s very, very, very important. – 9:18 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs Donovan Mitchell has set a new regular-season career high with 48 points.
7 minutes left in the fourth. – 9:17 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell’s 48 points are a career-high in a regular season game. – 9:16 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
#Cavs Donovan Mitchell with a regular-season career-high 48 points … and counting … – 9:15 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Donovan Mitchell has a season-high 44 points. – 9:09 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Donovan Mitchell has a season-high 44 points, just two shy of his career high – 9:08 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Alex Caruso got called for back-to-back lane violations on Donovan Mitchell’s 20th free throw attempt of the night. He made the third attempt for his 17th point off free throws of the night. – 9:06 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell just attempted five free throws thanks to a foul on a 3-pointer and a pair of lane violations on Alex Caruso. – 9:05 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell on the floor to start the fourth. He’s played 33 minutes already. – 9:02 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
#Cavs expended a lot of energy in that third quarter. Donovan Mitchell especially. What’s left in the tank here in the fourth? – 9:02 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
The Cavaliers cut an 18-0 lead down to five in the third quarter, ending the period on a 10-4 run.
Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points to lead the charge. – 9:01 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
Wow. What a quarter for #Cavs to put themselves back in this game. They outscored the Bulls 44-31, with 23 points from Donovan Mitchell. They also shot 16 of 18 from the free throw line (12 of 12 from Mitchell.)
Bulls lead 96-91 heading into the fourth quarter. – 9:01 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
The Cavs outscored the Bulls 44-31 in the third quarter. Donovan Mitchell had 24 points in that frame – he’s up to 40 in the game 🔥 – 9:01 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell in the third quarter: 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting, 12-of-12 at the free throw stripe. – 9:01 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
#Cavs have really come alive here in the third, but Isaac Okoro just picked up his fifth foul on a DeMar DeRozan and-one with 12.9 left in the period. Cavs trail Chicago 96-91 after 3. Donovan Mitchell has 40 points, and might need to get to 55 tonight for the Cavs to win. – 8:59 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs Donovan Mitchell is up to 40 points, and has cut their deficit to 6 points. He has 23 points in the third quarter alone. – 8:57 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
Big key to this #Cavs turnaround in the third quarter? A whopping 18 free throws. Twelve from Donovan Mitchell. Bulls haven’t been able to guard without fouling in the second half. – 8:56 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Bulls’ 18-point halftime lead is down to eight and Billy Donovan just picked up a tech.
Donovan Mitchell has 20 points and Cavs have taken 14 free throws in the third quarter. – 8:53 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Donovan Mitchell has completely taken this game over in the third quarter, scoring 18 of 33 points for the Cavaliers to cut an 18-point Bulls lead down to 89-80. – 8:52 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Donovan Mitchell has 19 points in the third quarter. Cavs trail 89-80. Billy Donovan just got a technical foul. – 8:51 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Donovan Mitchell is picking up steam in the third quarter and willing the Cavs back in the game. He has 11 of his 27 points in the third quarter. Cavs trail 75-64 – 8:38 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
Donovan Mitchell has scored 11 of the #Cavs 17 points here in the third quarter, trying to keep Cleveland in this game. He just got fouled on that jumpshot, too.
Cavs trail the Bulls 75-64 with 6:11 left in the third quarter. – 8:38 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
#Cavs Donovan Mitchell has shifted into takeover mode here in the third quarter. Just putting his head down and attacking the Bulls defense. – 8:38 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
#Cavs really miss Darius Garland tonight. With Caris LeVert having a tough night, there’s no real other creator in addition to Donovan Mitchell. Once he gives the ball up, he’s having a really tough time getting it back. – 8:31 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
#Cavs trail the Bulls 65-47 at halftime. Not many positive things to say at half. Offense has been bad, defense has been bad, too. Donovan Mitchell has 16 to lead the Cavs, DeMar DeRozan has 18 for the Bulls. – 8:09 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Donovan Mitchell gets technical foul, as well. Cavs getting blown out at halftime, 65-47, by Bulls – 8:08 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
Oh boy. Now #Cavs Donovan Mitchell has been issued a technical foul. – 8:07 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell’s 4-point play brings the #Cavs to within 14 points and injects a little life into the crowd here.
Zach LaVine immediately knocks down a 3-pointer of his own to suck the life back out of it. – 8:06 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Donovan Mitchell is shooting just 32.9% over his last four games and is having a rough night thus far tonight. – 7:54 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Bulls lead Cavaliers 34-27 after first quarter.
Solid 12 minutes by Bulls. Shot 61.9% (4/6 from 3P) and had 8 assists. Everyone who played scored.
At other end, doing a good job corralling Donovan Mitchell (5 pts, 1/4 FG), but CLE had 11 FTA in quarter. – 7:40 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
End 1st Q: Bulls 34, Cavs 27. Someone needs to light a fire under Cavs. Donovan Mitchell has 5 points – 7:38 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs starting lineup tonight against the Bulls: Donovan Mitchell, Caris LeVert, Lamar Stevens, Kevin Love and Jarrett Allen.
Darius Garland and Evan Mobley are OUT tonight. – 6:33 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Mike Conley, with an Ohio State jersey hanging in his locker, is slightly miffed about a certain college football result. – 12:05 AM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
End 3Q: Jazz 98, Heat 96. Fun quarter, with the teams trading big runs and swapping the lead back and forth. Markkanen scored 10 of his 20p in the period, Beasley up to 17p, Conley has 9p/8a. Herro 22p/6r/6a, Bam 20p/7r/5a for Miami. – 10:55 PM
David Locke @DLocke09
Mike Conley and Kyle Lowry battling out here at 35 and 36 years old. The two have combined to make almost half a billion dollars in the NBA. The two have made a combined 444,000,000 in their careers – 10:39 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Ball movement has been really good for the Jazz — Olynyk drew the defense, found Conley alone in the corner, and he buried the triple for an 80-79 lead. Jazz are on a 9-0 run, and have 19 assists on 24 buckets. 6:22 left 3Q. – 10:39 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
The Heat’s inconsistencies striking again
After putting together some good offense, they walk away with a good amount of empty possessions in a row
Two threes with Mike Conley on Bam inside is not the process you want – 10:39 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Vando, give the ball to Conley in transition – 9:20 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Mike Conley called for his second foul for being six inches away from Max Strus when he slipped – 9:19 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Strus pretty clearly just lost his footing, but Conley was whistled for his second foul. Viv crowd is livid. – 9:18 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Mike Conley not happy about his first foul call of the night. And to make matters worse, refs are reviewing if it’s flagrant for being in Herro’s landing space. – 9:14 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Mike Conley Jr. is 35. Kyle Lowry is 36. Both are playing on their second nights of a back-to-back tonight. So not as if Kyle is at a deficit in the situation against Jazz. – 8:47 PM

More on this storyline

Brian Windhorst: I said that the Timberwolves could use a guy like Mike Conley… It doesn’t appear Mike Conley is available, at least right now. -via Apple Podcasts / January 3, 2023
Ben Anderson: Will Hardy said Mike Conley is a full go tonight, they’ll monitor him but no set minutes restriction. -via Twitter @BensHoops / December 13, 2022
Eric Walden: Lauri Markkanen, Mike Conley, and Jordan Clarkson were all full participants in Jazz practice today. Simone Fontecchio and Collin Sexton did not participate. -via Twitter @tribjazz / December 12, 2022
KC Johnson: NBA L2M, as expected, rules that Jarrett Allen should’ve been called for a travel with 12.1 seconds left in regulation and that Donovan Mitchell committed a lane violation on his putback that forced OT. -via Twitter @KCJHoop / January 3, 2023
Duane Rankin: “Hope he don’t try that shit next game. I talked to him today. I sent him a lot of IG DMs. A lot of voice memos. Kept telling him, ‘Hey bro, don’t try to come get 80 tomorrow.'” Mikal Bridges to Donovan Mitchell after 71-point blast. “Calm that shit down.” #Suns #Cavs Wed. -via Twitter @DuaneRankin / January 3, 2023
Michael Scotto: Donovan Mitchell became the seventh player in NBA history to score 70+ points. He joins Wilt Chamberlain (6), Elgin Baylor, David Thompson, David Robinson, Kobe Bryant and Devin Booker. Spida finished with 71 points (Cavaliers record), 11 assists, and 8 rebounds in the win. pic.twitter.com/J6ix2wlXlX -via Twitter @MikeAScotto / January 3, 2023

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