Donovan Mitchell once again showed why he was worth whatever the Cleveland Cavaliers had to pay for him.
On Monday night, Mitchell didn’t just put up big numbers – he put up huge, monstrous ones.
Not only did Mitchell make history for the Cavaliers, but he also made history for the entire league.
Most points in Cavs history
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Mitchell put up 71 points and went 22-of-34 from the field and 20-of-25 from the free throw line.
Yes, you read that right: 71 points.
He also added 11 assists, 7 rebounds, and 7 threes.
He is now only the 7th player in NBA history to score 70 points and scored the most in the history of the team.
Mitchell’s 71 surpasses LeBron James‘ 57 points and Kyrie Irving‘s 57 as well.
Mitchell is now definitively one of the most impressive and powerful players to ever suit up for the Cavaliers.
Oh, and the Cavaliers ended up beating the Chicago Bulls on Monday, pulling off a 145-134 overtime win.
The entire evening was a huge one for not only Mitchell but the entire team too.
It once again proved that Mitchell is now the centerpiece of the team and that the acquisition of him a few months ago was a genius move.
Some people weren’t sure how Mitchell would fit in with the Cavaliers – some even wondered if his addition would work at all, especially since the team already had such a good thing going with the players they had.
But it’s clear that the Mitchell trade is one of the best in recent NBA history: he is playing better than he ever did with the Utah Jazz, his team is much better with him on board, and everyone is working incredibly well together.
Mitchell’s night was exciting for multiple reasons, and not just because it was record-breaking.
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