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James Harden is simply unreal.
As the Houston Rockets defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 112-94, on Monday night, the reigning NBA MVP scored 57 points while shooting 17-of-33 from the field and 17-of-18 on his free throws. Heck, that's not even mentioning that he scored a franchise-record 36 points in the first half alone.
However, the 57 points during the game and the 36 points at halftime weren't the biggest stories -- the biggest story was the fact that Harden scored 30 or more points for the 17th straight game, breaking Kobe Bryant's record since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) It seems football fans everywhere are suddenly on the Chiefs' bandwagon, enthralled by Kansas City's record-setting young quarterback and exciting playmakers and hopeful the amiable coach can finally win the big one.
Then again, maybe they're just fans of anybody facing New England.
The Patriots have dominated the AFC for nearly two decades, and the coach-quarterback combination of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will be playing in an eighth consecutive conference title game Sunday night when New England visits the Chiefs at frigid, hostile Arrowhead Stadium.
But whereas Brady& Co. once instilled awe in their opponents, the Chiefs view their showdown as an opportunity for Patrick Mahomes to take the baton as the league's best quarterback and for Kansas City, seeking its first Super Bowl appearance in 49 years , to surpass the Patriots as the NFL's ''it'' team.