Tiktuknu: today's summary clip in sports, 1.1 (Sport 1)
Six days ago, Luka Doncic delivered one of the best games of any NBA player in the current millennium.
Tonight (between Monday and Tuesday) there was someone who even managed to surpass that: Donovan Mitchell provided one of the greatest performances in the history of the league, with an incredible statistical line that will go straight into the pages of history in the 134:145 victory over Chicago after overtime.
71 points, 22 of 34 from the field, 7 of 15 from three, 20 of 25 from the free throw line, and all this alongside 11 assists and 8 rebounds - these are the amazing numbers recorded by Mitchell, in a game that shattered a host of records.
This is only the seventh game in NBA history in which a single player scores 70 or more points, and the most since Kobe Bryant's 81 points in the famous game against Toronto on January 22, 2006. Overall, this is only the third time in the current millennium that a player has reached 70 or more points .
Mitchell (Photo: Reuters)
Donovan Mitchell, Cleveland Cavaliers (Photo: GettyImages, Jason Miller)
The all-time record is of course still held by Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 100 points in a game sometime in 1962, but in modern terms, Mitchell's performance was probably just as spectacular.
He brought the Cubs back from a hole, when they fell behind by a record 21 points - and forced overtime in record style, with an intentional foul from the penalty spot and a basket during the follow-up - just like Luka Doncic did six days ago.
That acrobatic basket brought him 58 points, making him Cleveland's all-time single-game scoring record, one more than LeBron James and Kyrie Irving's combined record to date.
In the added time we have already seen a one man show.
Mitchell scored all 13 of the Cubs' points in overtime, giving the host the victory with his own hands.
Along with the unimaginable shooting performance, with 55 points in the second half and overtime alone, he also handed out 11 assists, so that he became the first player in history with 70 points or more and 10 assists or more in a game.
Mitchell also had 8 assists, and he also set a career high in free throws with 20.
"In all my years as an NBA fan, I've never seen anything like this," said Cleveland coach JB Bickerstaff, and Kevin Love, who teamed up with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in the Cubs uniform in the past, admitted that "I haven't seen anything like it."
The whole league bows.
Mitchell (Photo: GettyImages, Jason Miller)
Tonight's victory was the second in a row for the Cubs, and it brought them to a 14:24 record this season.
Besides Mitchell, they also got 21 points from Jarrett Allen and 19 from Jadi Osman.
On the other side, DeMar DeRozan had a fantastic individual game that was completely forgettable, with 44 points - but also missed the regulation time buzzer.
The Bulls went down to a 21:16 balance.