Not only did the Cleveland Cavaliers grab an important win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, but superstar guard Donovan Mitchell also made franchise history in the process. With Spida’s lone triple of the game in the third quarter, he became the all-time leader in Cavs history for single-season three-pointers, passing JR Smith.
Following the game, Mitchell admitted it was a full-circle moment because of his relationship with Smith:
“It’s an honor,” Mitchell said, via Cleveland.com. “The season he did it, I was a Cleveland Cavalier fan. I’m watching the Cavs on TV and screaming. To be able to say I’m part of history in this organization and a guy who lives not too far from me, I’ve worked out with him a thousand times, played pickup with him a thousand times, it’s truly special. Swish, sorry I had to do it to you but it’s a full-circle moment for me and I really appreciate it.”
That’s 205 made three-pointers for Donovan Mitchell on 535 attempts. In other words, a 38.3% clip from long range. Very respectable. Mitchell has always been a solid shooter from beyond the arc and this latest achievement reflects just that. Smith held the record since 2016 when he drained 204 in 77 contests. It’s only taken Spida 57 games to reach 205.
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Mitchell finished Wednesday’s matchup with 18 points in 33 minutes of action but went just 1 for 7 from downtown. Nevertheless, the rest of the rotation stepped up and produced, with Darius Garland leading the charge with 25.
While this latest record is an honor for Donovan Mitchell, the ultimate goal is to still bring a title back to Cleveland. The Cavs are currently comfortably in fourth in the heavily competitive Eastern Conference.