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Donovan Mitchell Drops Career High 57-Points In 2020 Playoff Opener

Donovan Mitchell had no trouble carrying over his early NBA bubble success to the post-season.

In his third appearance in the NBA Playoffs Donovan dropped a career high 57-points in an overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Mitchell’s 57 points on 19-of-33 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds and seven assist performance was one for the record books.

67 points ranks as the highest single-game playoff total in team history and the third-most in NBA postseason history.

Most points, single NBA playoff game

1. 63 — Michael Jordan, Chicago vs Boston, 1986
2. 61 — Elgin Baylor, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston, 1961
3. 57 — Donovan Mitchell, Utah vs. Denver, 2020 
4. 56 — Three players (most recently: Charles Barkley vs. Golden State, 1994)
5. 55 — Five players (most recently: Allen Iverson vs. Charlotte, 2003)

The former Cardinal shattered the previous Utah Jazz playoff record of 50, set by Karl Malone in 2000.

Mitchell joins Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA history 23 or younger to score 57 or more points in a playoff game.

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