Cavs’ Mitchell wins Eastern Conference Player of the Week

For the second time this season, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, January 2, through Sunday, January 8), the NBA announced Monday.

Mitchell becomes the first Cavalier to win player of the week multiple times in a single season since LeBron James in 2017-18.

The Cavaliers went a perfect 3-0 in games Mitchell appeared in this past week. He averaged an Eastern Conference-best 37.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.0 steal in 38.7 minutes. He also shot .530 from the field and .861 from the foul line while scoring at least 20 points in all three games.

He started the week with one of the highest-scoring games in NBA history, registering a franchise-record 71 points (22-34 FG, 7-15 3FG, 20-25 FT), 11 assists, eight rebounds, and one block in 50 minutes during a 145-134 overtime win over Chicago on Jan. 2. It marked the most points scored by any NBA player since Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006. 

The three-time All-Star followed his historical 71-point outing with a near double-double of 20 points, nine assists, and six rebounds during Cleveland’s 90-88 victory over Phoenix on Jan. 4. He closed out the week by tallying 22 points (7-12 FG, 6-6 FT), one steal and one block in 30 minutes of a 112-98 win at Phoenix on Jan. 8.

Mitchell also became just the seventh player in the history of the NBA to record 70 points or more in a game, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Bryant, David Thompson, David Robinson, Elgin Baylor, and Devin Booker. No other NBA player in league history accomplished a 70-point, 10-assist effort until Mitchell’s performance. 

In 36 games this season (all starts) with Cleveland, the 6-3 guard is averaging career-best 28.8 points (eighth-best in NBA) on career highs in field goal percentage (.488), three-point percentage (.405) and free throw percentage (.874), to go with 3.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.44 steals in 36.5 minutes per contest. 

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James won Player of the Week accolades for the Western Conference.

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