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"Best performance I've ever seen"- Kevin Love compares Donovan Mitchell's 71-point outburst with LeBron James' and Kyrie Irving's greatest individual games

Cavaliers veteran Kevin Loves reveals how he felt after witnessing Donovan Mitchell's legendary 71-point outburst against Chicago Bulls on Monday Night.
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On Monday Night, the dynamic 3-time All-Star Donovan Mitchell registered his most remarkable performance against the Chicago Bulls. The 26-year-old shooting guard secured a 21-point comeback win for the Cavs by dropping a franchise-best 71 points on 64.7 percent from the field.

That was the highest-scoring performance for an NBA player since Legendary Kobe Bryant's 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006. As a result, Mitchell became only the 7th player in the league's history to drop 70 or more (behind Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, David Thompson, David Robinson, and Devin Booker), making coach JB Bickerstaff deem it "one of the best performances in NBA history."

Another Cavs player who could not get over the heroics of Donovan Mitchell was veteran power forward Kevin Love. Having shared the court alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, Love quickly admitted how Mitchell's latest performance was the best he had ever seen.

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Kevin Love hails Donovan Mitchell

Entering the starting lineup for the injured Evan Mobley, Kevin Love had a feast at his disposal as Mitchell not only sent the game to OT with a buzzer-beating jumper but even knocked multiple clutch shots from downtown to register a 145-134 win.

"In my 15 years, that's the best performance I've ever seen, ever been a part of. I've seen some special ones, I was talking about Kyrie here against Portland when he had 55, LeBron (James) in game one of the 2018 Finals, (and) 57 for Kyrie (Irving) in San Antonio. But this one takes the cake," Love, who scored 12 points and 17 rebounds, said in the post-game interview.

Mitchell comes alive in the second half vs. the Bulls

Mitchell was having a mediocre first half but followed it up with an extraordinary display throughout the rest of the game. Mitchell scored 55 of his 71 points after halftime, allowing the Cavs to outscore the Bulls 83-64 and send the game to overtime.

That being said, for Kevin Love to label this performance as the best-ever just signifies the historical achievement and importance of Mitchell's 71-point outburst. Are we looking at the latest player to uphold his MVP candidature? Hopefully, the upcoming games are going to answer that question. 

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