Donovan Mitchell reveals the Cleveland Cavaliers were drug-tested the day after the All-Star’s historic 71-point effort in OT win over the Bulls in which he delivered the eighth highest scoring game in NBA history
The day after Donovan Mitchell’s historic 71-point game, the Cleveland Cavaliers were issued tests for performance-enhancing drugs.
Mitchell became the sixth player in NBA history to reach the 70-point plateau in a single game Monday’s 145-134 overtime win over the Chicago Bulls, making him the the player to score the most points since Kobe Bryant’s 81-pointer in 2006.
And following the sensational performance, Mitchell took to Twitter to reveal that he had been subjected to a drug test.
The day after Donovan Mitchell’s historic 71-point game, the Cavaliers were issued PEDs tests
The All-Star took to Twitter to reveal that he had been subjected to a drug test Tuesday
‘Andddd just like that we are drug tested this morning,’ Mitchell wrote on Twitter to his teammate, Robin Lopez, along with three crying-laughing emojis.
Players are typically subject to four random tests for PEDs during the season and two during the offseason, according to the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association.
Mitchell’s 71 points in Monday’s victory also entered the history books the most ever scored by a player standing under 6-foot-5.
Mitchell became the sixth player in NBA history to reach the 70-point plateau on Monday
‘This is nuts, to be honest,’ said Mitchell, who had 55 of his points after halftime. ‘I’m extremely blessed and humbled that I’m in that company, in that group.
‘I’ve always believed I can be one of the best players in this league, but I’ve got to keep working. This is a big milestone, but at the end of the day, those guys have all won at the highest level. That’s my ultimate goal.’
The most recent game of more than 71 points was Bryant’s 81-point masterpiece for the Los Angeles Lakers against Toronto on January 22, 2006. Before that, it was 73 points by David Thompson for Denver against Detroit on April 9, 1978.
Mitchell became the player to score the most points since Kobe Bryant’s 81-pointer in 2006
Of course, Chamberlain accomplished the feat a whopping five times, including his NBA-record 100-point performance in a win over the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pennsylvania in 1962. Video from the game is not available, and the only souvenirs from the historic night are the box score and a photograph of the 7-foot-1 Chamberlain holding up a piece of paper bearing his point total: ‘100.’
‘To be there in the record books with them is truly incredible,’ Mitchell said.
His was the 12th game of 50 or more points in the NBA so far this season; later Monday, Golden State’s Klay Thompson scored 54 in the Warriors’ double-overtime win over Atlanta — becoming the 13th 50-point game of the season.
NBA’s HIGHEST SCORING GAMES
1. 100 Wilt Chamberlain for the Philadelphia Warriors on March 2, 1962
2. 81 Kobe Bryant for the Los Angeles Lakers on January 22, 2006
3. 78 Wilt Chamberlain for the Philadelphia Warriors on December 8, 1961*
T-4. 73 Wilt Chamberlain for the Philadelphia Warriors on January 13, 1962
T-4. 73 Wilt Chamberlain for the SF Warriors on November 16, 1962
T-4. 73 David Thompson for the Denver Nuggets on April 9, 1978*
7. 72 Wilt Chamberlain for the San Francisco Warriors on November 3, 1962*
T-8. 71 Elgin Baylor for the Los Angeles Lakers on November 15, 1960
T-8. 71 David Robinson for the San Antonio Spurs on April 24, 1994
T-8. 71 Donovan Mitchell for the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 2, 2023
* – denotes player’s team lost game