Mitchell scored 13 of those points in overtime but it only got to that point because he hit the shot of the night, executing the missed free throw and putback with three seconds left in the game.
Mitchell — exhausted and breathing very heavily by the end — finished hitting 22-of-34 overall, 7-of-15 from 3, got to the line 25 times, and dished out 11 assists (he accounted for 99 of the Cavaliers’ 145 points).
That 71 is a career-high for Mitchell, the most points ever scored in a game by a Cavaliers player, and the most points scored by a player this season. Only six other players in NBA history have topped the 70-point mark: Wilt Chamberlain (six times), Elgin Baylor, David Thompson, David Robinson, Kobe Bryant and Devin Booker.
Not against Donovan Mitchell on this night.
Check out more on the Cavaliers
Three things to Know: Klay Thompson goes off for 54, Warriors win at home.... Happy 38th birthday to LeBron James (time for some highlights) Reports: Cavaliers, Nuggets both looking for wing help at trade deadline
Watch Donovan Mitchell drop insane 71 points, Cavaliers need all of it for OT win originally appeared on NBCSports.com