Once again, an NBA pro has not been stopped, outshining colleagues like Klay Thompson and LeBron James. The league is on Tuesday morning.

71 points in one game – no one has done that in the NBA for 17 years. Donovan Mitchell outshone everything at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Monday night (local time), including Luka Doncic’s almost unbelievable gala performance shortly before the turn of the year.

The newcomer of the Cleveland Cavaliers led his team almost single-handedly to a 145-134 home victory over the Chicago Bulls and holds the new record since January 2006, when Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash three years ago, wrote 81 points into the databases for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Memories of Kobe and Chamberlain

“To be in the record books next to a player like Wilt humbles me. I always believed I could be one of the best players in the league,” Mitchell said, referring to Chamberlain’s unforgettable 100-point game in March 1962.

Mitchell himself made his fabulous night possible with a “circus act” four seconds before the end of the fourth quarter. After a deliberately missed free throw – Doncic had also done this recently in the home game against the New York Knicks – he grabbed the rebound in the scrum under the basket and put the ball in the ring in the fall for the 130-130 equaliser.

In the overtime, the Cavs’ go-to guy (24:14) added another 13 points to his account to 71 points and gave the Bulls (16:21), who were leading by 21 points at the time, and DeMar DeRozan (44 points) the victory in the end.

The “King” cracks 40 again

“Spida” Mitchell is only 26 and thus twelve years younger than a certain LeBron James, who shows no signs of fatigue even a few days after his 38th birthday. The “King”, second on the all-time list for career points, led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 121-115 win over the Charlotte Hornets with 43 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. It was LeBron’s second straight game with 40-plus points. Dennis Schröder finished with 15 points and five assists. The Lakers are 16-21 and still outside the play-off places in the West.

Klay Thompson led the champions to a 143-141 win over the Atlanta Hawks in the absence of injured “Splash Brother” Stephen Curry. The Golden State Warriors needed ten Thompson threes and two overtime to win. Kevon Looney made it perfect with a tip-in after a missed Thompson three-pointer.

Nets at twelve, Mavs at seven

Meanwhile, the two teams extended their winning streaks. The Brooklyn Nets are at twelve after a 139-103 win over the San Antonio Spurs. Kyrie Irving (27) and Kevin Durant (25) were again the protagonists for the Nets (25-12), who are now close to East leader Boston (26-11). In the West, the Dallas Mavericks are on seven wins in a row after a 111-106 comeback win at the Houston Rockets, the Texans’ longest streak since 2011, with Luka Doncic once again taking centre stage with 39 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.

The New York Knicks, led by German centre Isaiah Hartenstein, beat the Phoenix Suns 102-83 (54-31) at home. After five losses in a row, the Knicks have won their past two games. Hartenstein scored three points.