Mitchell scores 71, most since Kobe, in OT win

by Gordon Dixon - Donovan Mitchell scored a franchise-record 71 points -- equaling the eighth-most in a game in history -- as the Cavaliers rallied from 21 down to beat the Bulls 145-134 in overtime on Monday night.

Cavs' Donovan Mitchell scores franchise-record 71 points in OT win 10:41 PM ET ESPN News Services CLEVELAND -- Donovan Mitchell scored an NBA season-high and franchise-record 71 points -- equaling the eighth-most in a game in history -- as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from 21 down to beat the Chicago Bulls 145-134 in overtime on Monday night. It was the most points in a game by any player since Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant had 81 points against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006. Wilt Chamberlain owns the NBA record with 100 for Philadelphia against New York on March 2, 1962, at Hershey, Pennsylvania. Mitchell scored 13 points in the extra session after forcing OT by grabbing his own intentionally missed free throw and making a circus-shot with 3 seconds left, tying the game at 130-all and breaking the Cavaliers record with 58 points. In OT, Mitchell poured in 11 points to become the 12th player to score 70. He also had a career-high tying 11 assists and eight rebounds in 50 minutes, setting career highs with 20 free throws made and 25 free throws attempted. Most Points In A Game - NBA History Date Player Points March 2, 1962 Wilt Chamberlain 100 Jan. 22, 2006 Kobe Bryant 81 Dec. 8, 1961 Wilt Chamberlain 78 April 9, 1978 David Thompson 73 Nov. 16, 1962 Wilt Chamberlain 73 Jan. 13, 1962 Wilt Chamberlain 73 Nov. 3, 1962 Wilt Chamberlain 72 Monday Donovan Mitchell 71 April 24, 1994 David Robinson 71 Nov. 15, 1960 Elgin Baylor 71 -- ESPN Stats & Information Mitchell scored or assisted on 99 points, the second-most in a game in NBA history and the most since Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game. The Central Division foes met for the second time in three days. Cleveland was the 103-102 winner at United Center on Dec. 31. Mitchell entered the new year in an offensive funk, averaging 17.5 points over the previous four games while shooting 32.9% on 73 field goal attempts. He now ranks ninth in the NBA with a 28.0 scoring average. "A lot of teams are sending a lot more bodies at him, and that's on us to help him,'' coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "It's on his teammates to recognize they have to make teams pay and make plays.'' Cleveland posted winning records in each of the first three months of the season for the first time since 2016-2017. The latter wrapped up a run of 16 straight winning months with All-Stars LeBron James , Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love . ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.