Only Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are Ahead of Donovan Mitchell in This “Ultra-lite List”

Jeet Pukhrambam
|Published 03/01/2023

Donovan Mitchell sent shockwaves across the league last night. His 71-point performance is something that has happened only 7 times in the league and for all the right reasons, it is being lauded by everyone.

With the scintillating scoring outburst, he trails only Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant in an “ultra-elite” list.

Cavaliers fans will have sung and drank all night long, not many times in history do we get to see a player put up more than 70 points in a game.

He is only the 7th ever player to do so and sits in at 8th highest on the all-time single-game scoring record. For a player of Donovan’s caliber, this was a long time coming. He is the definition of an elite scorer.

But in another list that accounts for all the other things he did in the game, Mitchell was so good, he trails only the likes of MJ and Kobe!

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Donovan Mitchell breathes rare air joining Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant

So, apart from scoring 71 points, Mitchell also put up 11 assists, 8 rebounds, and a block! Yes, there wasn’t much he did on the floor that didn’t impact the game.

And for that very reason, he recorded the third-highest game score ever, trailing only Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. A unique list to crack.

Perhaps it is of note that, more recently even Luka Doncic cracked this particular list with his 60-20-10. And Mitchell’s 71-11-8 might be even more of a jaw-dropping stat line.

Just take a look at the sheer variety of buckets he dropped. Mesmerizing.

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Mitchell’s performance is one for the ages, he also beat LeBron James and Kyrie Irving’s franchise record

Imagine trailing only Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Fyi, the highest game score for MJ was when he dropped 69-18-6-4, and for Kobe, it was the night he dropped 81 points.

Spida joined a legendary company and whether he ever wins a championship or not, his name will forever be etched in the history books.

He also broke the record in Cleveland of all places, the home of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, both of whom held the franchise scoring record with 57. Donovan Mitchell shattered that quite easily. He also scored 71 with ease. Bucket getter, history maker.

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Jeet Pukhrambam

Jeet Pukhrambam

Jeet Pukhrambam is TheSportsRush's editor and creative writer. After freelancing for five years as an independent writer, Jeet has created thousands of blog posts and articles. He now covers intriguing news reports and throwback stories on all things NBA. His interest in NBA started with the ascendancy of Giannis Antetokounmpo in the 2016-17 season. Since then, Jeet has managed to coalesce his knowledge of the game and his writing to create pieces that are reflective of the current state of the league. In his free time, he enjoys techno, football, cooking, and traveling. Jeet takes pride in his critical thinking, music playlists, and his love for spaghetti.

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