Donovan Mitchell became the seventh player in NBA history to score 70+ points in a single game while setting a franchise record for the Cleveland Cavaliers with 71 points in the Cavs’ 145-134 overtime win over the Bulls.
Mitchell’s 71 points marked the most points in a game by any player since Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game in January 2006.
NBA Twitter, including fans, reports, and players… reacted accordingly.
🕷️ you’re INSANE!!!!! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 3, 2023
That was the most insane thing I have ever seen! Spida is a BADDDDD man!
— Dean Wade (@deanwade3232) January 3, 2023
I’m going to get it out of the way and point out that Donovan Mitchell and Robin Lopez combined for 72 tonight. Historic game hashtags.
— Robin Lopez (@rolopez42) January 3, 2023
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.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 3, 2023
Y’all better hype donovan mitchell like y’all do luka 8/71/11
— Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) January 3, 2023
Joel Embiid (42 PTS)
LeBron (43 PTS)
Demar Derozan (44 PTS)
Klay Thompson (44 PTS)
Donovan Mitchell (71 PTS)
All in one night of NBA basketball
— 500 🏎 (@Kameron_Hay) January 3, 2023
Along with Donovan Mitchell’s 71 points, he also accounted for 28 more off his 11 assists. So Mitchell had a hand in 99 of the Cavs’ 145 points. Just incredible.
— Jason Lloyd (@ByJasonLloyd) January 3, 2023
We drafted Donovan Mitchell and didn’t even give him a chance to chose to leave.
I’ll never get over it.
— Marc (@marc2sn3s) January 3, 2023
The Jazz lost the Donovan Mitchell trade.
— Mark (@MarkW_E01) January 3, 2023
I’m still not giving up RJ Barrett, Quentin Grimes, and 4 firsts for Donovan Mitchell
— Teg🚨 (@IQfor3) January 3, 2023
Among players who had 70 points in a game, number of assists:
Donovan Mitchell (tonight): 11
Devin Booker: 6
David Robinson: 5
No one else above 3
— Ben Dowsett (@Ben_Dowsett) January 3, 2023
Donovan Mitchell might be the second greatest player to ever touch a basketball in a Cavs uniform.
— Always the Jake (@alwaysthejake) January 3, 2023