Chargers Make Statement Against Chiefs, Harden Drop 50 on Lakers

Jonathan Grant | December 14th, 2018

The Los Angeles Chargers, led by Mike Williams’ star performance on Thursday night, made a huge statement of intent in the AFC with a 29-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Playing in Kansas City, the Chargers showed that they weren’t just lucky to be at 10-3, and that they are indeed contenders. With so much talk, rightfully so, having gone to the Chiefs for much of the season, Philip Rivers and his charges had been overlooked. They won’t be glanced over any longer. Not only did they hold the Chiefs under 30, for the second game in a row, but they were able to beat them using two late drives. Rivers led the Bolts down the field twice in the closing minutes of the game to score touchdowns, and then he found Williams in the end zone on the two-point conversion that won them the game right then and there with only four seconds to go. The gutsy move panned out, and the Chiefs and its fast-paced offense had no time to respond. Williams ended up with two TD’s and the conversion, while the Chiefs’ own Williams, Damien, ended up having two rushing TD’s and a receiving one. Much can be said about Rivers, and he did throw two interceptions in the game, but when it mattered most, he helped carry his team to the win, and it could be a priceless one in the race for home-field advantage.

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Elsewhere, another L.A. team was busy getting beaten in Houston by the Rockets. The Lakers traveled there hoping to capitalize on an unpredictable Rockets team that just haven’t looked like anywhere close to the same team that we saw last year. Instead, the Lakers got blown out for their troubles, beaten 126-111. It was James Harden, and not LeBron James, that got the plaudits on the night after hitting the purple and gold for 50 points in an amazing triple-double performance. Harden’s 50 points, 11 assists, and ten rebounds was the fourth time he had put in 50 and added in with double figures in two other statistics. There are only six players total in league history that have done that, making the feat even more impressive and awe-inspiring. The Lakers weren’t happy after the game with some of the calls made, but at the end of the day 50 points is 50 points, and you just have to tip your caps when a man goes off like that and wins it by himself effectively.

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