scoring 71 points in an NBA game does not go unnoticed.
One day after Donovan Mitchell scored the most points in a single game in 17 years, the Cleveland Cavaliers received tests of performance-enhancing drugs.
Mitchell, who scored the most points since Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in 2006, posted on social media that the team was evaluated Tuesday.
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The team confirmed the tests to ESPN.
Players are subject to four random drug tests during the NBA season.
Mitchell was electric against the chicago bulls monday – shooting 22-34 from the field and hitting 7 of 15 3-point attempts – adding his name to the record books behind Wilt Chamberlain.
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«To be up there in the record books with guys like Wilt is really humbling,» Mitchell said, according to ESPN. «I always believed that he could be one of the best players in the league. I am speechless and blessed to be in the company of such greatness.»
While Mitchell’s performance led Cleveland to a 145-134 overtime win over Chicago, the win almost certainly shouldn’t have happened.
According to the Report of the last two minutes of the NBAMitchell should have been called for a lane violation after crossing the free throw line before the ball hit the rim in the final seconds of regulation.
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Mitchell missed his own free throw with 4.1 seconds left in regulation, and hit the game-tying basket to send the game into overtime.
Mitchell added 13 points in overtime to reach 71 on the night.
«We were treated to one of the greatest performances in the history of the game tonight,» Cleveland coach JB Bickerstaff said. «Every play he made was a necessary play.
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«Donovan has never put himself above the team, so how can you not root for a guy like that? I told everyone else to get out of the way.»
Mitchell is only the seventh player to reach the 70-point mark.