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 were issued tests for performance-enhancing drugs.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell, #45, celebrates with teammates after making a basket to tie an NBA basketball game during the second half against the Chicago Bulls, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cleveland.
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Mitchell, who scored the most points since Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in 2006, posted to social media that the team was tested on Tuesday.
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The team confirmed the testing to ESPN.
Players are subject to four random drug tests during the NBA season.
Mitchell was electric against the Chicago Bulls on Monday – shooting 22-34 from the field and connecting on seven of 15 three-point attempts – adding his name to the record books behind Wilt Chamberlain.
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“To be there in the record book with guys like Wilt is truly humbling,” Mitchell said, according to ESPN. “I always believed I could be one of the best players in the league. I’m speechless and blessed to be in the company of that greatness.”
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell celebrates after making a 3-point basket against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Cleveland.
(AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
While Mitchell’s performance led Cleveland to a 145-134 overtime victory over Chicago, the victory almost assuredly should not have occurred.
According to the NBA’s Last Two-Minute report, Mitchell should have been called for a lane violation after stepping over the free-throw line before the ball hit the rim in the last seconds of regulation.
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Mitchell grabbed his own free throw miss with 4.1 seconds left in regulation, scoring the game-tying bucket to send the game into overtime.
Mitchell added 13 points in overtime to get to 71 for the evening.
Donovan Mitchell, #45 of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reacts during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Jan. 2, 2023 in Cleveland.
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“We were treated tonight to one of the greatest performances in the history of the game,” Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “Every single play that he made was a play that was necessary.
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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 just the seventh player to reach the 70-point mark.
Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.