Donovan Mitchell should not have scored 71 points

Donovan Mitchell, on the night between Monday and Tuesday, scored 71 points in the OT win against the Chicago Bulls. A historic performance, among the best ever in the NBA, the one with the most points scored since 2006, when Kobe Bryant put up 81 against Toronto.

If, however, in an ideal world, the referees made no mistakes, Mitchell would have stopped at 56. The Cavs’ star would in fact have committed violation on the bounce, after his free throw, which allowed Cleveland to tie with 3″ to go and thus send the contest to overtime. The NBA itself wrote this in its Last 2 Minutes Report.

NBA L2M, as expected, rules that Jarrett Allen should’ve been called for a travel with 12.1 seconds left in regulation and that Donovan Mitchell committed a lane violation on his putback that forced OT.

Had Mitchell’s violation been whistled, not only would the player have been stripped of those 2 points, but Chicago probably would have won in regulation, also removing from the equation the 5′ overtime in which the former Jazz scored a whopping 13 points, dominating the Bulls.

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