Donovan Mitchell, 71 points forever

Suns @ Knicks: 83-102
Lakers @ Hornets: 121-115
Bulls @ Cavaliers: 134-145
Raptors @ Pacers: 114-122
Pelicans @ Sixers: 111-120
Spurs @ Nets: 103-139
Mavericks @ Rockets: 111-106
Nuggets @ Timberwolves: 111-124
Hawks @ Warriors: 141-143
Pistons @ Trail Blazers: 106-135
Heat @ Clippers: 110-100

Historic performance by Donovan Mitchell

– Wilt Chamberlain, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor, David Robinson, Kobe Bryant, Devin Booker and now Donovan Mitchell. The Cavaliers guard made NBA history Sunday night by becoming the seventh player to reach 70 points. He scored 71 points against the Bulls for his eighth all-time scoring performance. This is obviously a personal best and a franchise record.

Mitchell made an astounding 22 of 36 attempts, including 7 of 15 from behind the three-point line. He also made 20 of 25 free throws. Along with 71 points, he also offered 11 assists. A stat line worthy of a video game. But Cleveland needed every move to beat Chicago.

Indeed, the Cavaliers never led in regulation. They fell behind by 21 points in the absence of Darius Garland and Evan Mobley before rallying behind their own superstars. Donovan Mitchell tied the game with 3 seconds left, just as Luka Doncic did a few days ago, intentionally missing his free throw before making his own rebound and field goal. He then scored 13 of his team’s 15 points in overtime. Absurdity.

– Fourth straight win for the Pacers, a Raptors win with several players over 10, including 21 points for rookie Benedict Mathurin. Tyrese Haliburton finished with 16 points and eight assists, but it was Indiana’s bench that made the difference, outscoring direct opponents 54-7.

Klay Thompson is fantastic, Kevon Looney is heroic

– There were two overtimes at the Chase Center and it could have been a third. Kevon Looney went there to put back a Klay Thompson miss in two phases. Interior finished with 14 points and 21 rebounds. But the hero of the night remains Thompson, the author of 54 points in 46 minutes with 10 free throws. A performance needed to propel the Warriors to their fourth straight win.

The match was pretty crazy. Donte DiVincenzo, the author of the 10th-minute three-pointer, the first overtime in the extreme. Trae Young (30 points, 14 assists) converted two shots after the first overtime to double OT for both teams. It was still he who could suggest a third extension, but Looney therefore offered his family a wire-to-wire victory.

– Gary Payton Jr. debuts in Portland. Winning starts since the Blazers easily beat the Pistons. GPII had 7 points, 4 assists and 2 steals in 14 minutes. Jerami Grant (36) and Anfernee Simons (30) were key to the success of the Oregon franchise.

Second straight game with 40+ points for LeBron James

– The record is getting closer. LeBron James is now 500 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the all-time leading scorer list. The King, who already had 47 walks against the Falcons on his birthday night, followed up with 40-plus walks last night. With 43 points, he led the Lakers to victory against the Hornets (121-115). He added 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Los Angeles, however, remains in twelfth place in the Western Conference.

– The Suns continue to suffer in 2023 and Julius Randle is still celebrating for the Knicks. New York defeated the Phoenix by almost 20 points (102-83) with 28 points and 16 rebounds, which is excellent this season. Tom Thibodeau’s players jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first half and were not followed up.

Twelfth straight win for the Nets

– Kylian Mbappe enjoyed the show. French forward Kevin Durant, who passed through New York with his PSG teammate Achraf Hakimi, came to see the game of the Nets. They made a strong impression once again. They followed Kyrie Irving’s lead by moving the Spurs without forcing them. The All-Star guard scored his first 7 attempts and quickly led his team to victory.

Irving finished with 27 points. KD added 25, 11 assists. The two Nets stars combined to convert 21 of 28 attempts. Their franchise remains on a 12-game winning streak, one hit from their longest streak of the season. Brooklyn has even won 16 of its last 17 games and is second in the Eastern Conference.

– Luka Doncic continues to work wonders for the Mavericks. The Slovenian prodigy was the main architect of his team’s heroic comeback, winning the Texas derby against the Rockets, leading his team to their seventh consecutive victory. Dallas trailed by 18 points before winning. Doncic scored 29 of 39 points in the second half. He also collected 12 rebounds and 8 assists.

Joel Embiid is still dominant

– No one can stop Joel Embiid in the NBA. Or almost. Anyway, the Pelicans didn’t find a way out last night. Inside, the Sixers All-Star scored 42 points to go along with 11 rebounds. His eighth game this season is 35-10 or better. Despite some discomfort in the back, he converted 15 of his 24 attempts and 10 free throws.

Philadelphia made the difference, especially in the final quarter after Zion Williamson left with an injury. The New Orleans All-Star inside scored 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting before injuring his hamstring.

– Even without a few games, the Timberwolves found the resources to beat the Nuggets. Anthony Edwards had 29 points, including 15 in the third quarter. Nikola Jokic, who was exceptional in his last performances, finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists while losing 5 balls. Rudy Gobert tried his best in the two-time MVP and he had 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks while committing 5 fouls.

– The Heat took advantage of Kawhi Leonard’s absence to defeat the Clippers in Los Angeles. Bam Adebayo scored 31 points and 13 rebounds. Tyler Herro added 23 points.

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