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Donovan Mitchell reveals Cleveland Cavaliers were drug-tested the day after historic 71-point effort

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Donovan Mitchell reveals Cleveland Cavaliers were drug-tested the day after historic 71-point effort

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Donovan Mitchell revealed he was drug tested a day after the All-Star’s historic 71-point effort in the OT win over the Bulls in which he delivered the eighth-highest game in NBA history

A day after Donovan Mitchell’s historic 71-point game, the Cleveland Cavaliers were tested for performance-enhancing drugs.

Mitchell became the sixth player in NBA history to reach the 70-point plateau in a game in Monday’s 145-134 overtime win over the Chicago Bulls, making him the player with the most points since 81- Kobe Bryant’s pointer in 2006.

And following the sensational performance, Mitchell took to Twitter to reveal that he had undergone a drug test.

A day after Donovan Mitchell's historic 71-point game, the Cavaliers were given PED tests.

A day after Donovan Mitchell’s historic 71-point game, the Cavaliers were given PED tests.

The All-Star announced on Twitter that he underwent a drug test on Tuesday

The All-Star announced on Twitter that he underwent a drug test on Tuesday

‘Andddd just like that we are drug tested this morning,’ Mitchell wrote on Twitter to his teammate Robin Lopez, along with three crying 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 win also entered the history books as the most scored by a player under 6-foot-5.

‘This is nuts, to be honest,’ said Mitchell, who had 55 of his points after halftime. ‘I am very blessed and humbled to be in that company, in that group.

‘I always believe that I can be one of the best players in this league, but I have to keep working. It’s a big milestone, but at the end of the day, those guys all won at the highest level. That’s my ultimate goal.’

The last game with 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 David Thompson’s 73 points 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

Mitchell became the player to score the most points since Kobe Bryant’s 81-pointer in 2006

Of course, Chamberlain accomplished the feat 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 was the box score and a photograph of the 7-foot-1 Chamberlain holding a piece of paper with a score total: ‘100.’

‘To be there in the record books with them is really incredible,’ said Mitchell.

It was his 12th game of 50 or more points in the NBA so far this season; on Monday, Golden State’s Klay Thompson scored 54 in the Warriors’ double-overtime win over Atlanta — his 13th 50-point game of the season.

TOP NBA SCORING GAMES

1. 100 Wilt Chamberlain for the Philadelphia Warriors on March 2, 1962

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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

* – indicates a lost game by the player’s team