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Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller set a single-game postseason franchise record with his 2.5 sacks in Sunday's 20-18 AFC Championship Game win over the New England Patriots, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Never one to be pigeonholed as purely a pass-rusher, the 26-year-old Miller finished his impressive afternoon with a full stat line, recording five tackles (four solo), four quarterback hits and an interception on top of the record-setting 2.5 sacks.

His modest celebrations were the only cause for disappointment, with Miller likely not wanting to risk a 15-yard penalty in one of the most important games of his young career.

He was much less reserved in the regular season, even drawing an $11,000 fine for some exaggerated pelvic thrusts that followed a sack of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.

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The Denver Broncos matched an all-time record with Sunday's 20-18 win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, joining the Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys as the only franchises to reach the Super Bowl eight times, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Of course, while the Steelers (6-2), Cowboys (5-3) and Patriots (4-4) have all been somewhat successful in the big game, the Broncos own a measly 2-5 record in Super Bowls, having notably lost three within a span of four seasons from 1986 to 1989.

The franchise also came up short in the big game at the end of the 1977 and 2013 seasons, but all of the misery was largely overshadowed by back-to-back championships in 1997 and 1998, the final two seasons of Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway's playing career.

Now serving as the franchise's general manager and executive vice president of football operations, the 55-year-old Elway has been with the Broncos in some capacity for seven of the team's eight Super Bowl appearances.

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning earned a small piece of NFL history with Sunday's 20-18 win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, becoming the first signal-caller in league history to reach the Super Bowl multiple times with two franchises, per ESPN Stats & Info.

While the Denver defense was the real star of Sunday's victory, the 39-year-old Manning also did his part, completing 17 of 32 pass attempts for 176 yards and two touchdowns, though he did lose a fumble in the first quarter to set up the Patriots' first touchdown.

Mostly just a game manager at this point in his career, Manning was a true superstar heading into each of his previous three Super Bowl appearances, which came at the end of the 2006, 2009 and 2013 seasons.

He took home his one and only ring with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006 but then fell just short of the prize in a memorable Super Bowl loss to the Saints after the 2009 season.

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden recorded his second triple-double of the season (and week) in Sunday's 115-104 win over the in-state rival Dallas Mavericks, producing 23 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists over 36 minutes, with a pair of blocks and only two turnovers, per the Rockets' official twitter account.

Harden's huge outing was instrumental in helping the Rockets overcome a 58-50 halftime deficit, giving the team a second consecutive win after a stretch of three losses in four games.

His other triple-double this season came in Wednesday's 123-114 loss to the Detroit Pistons, with Harden producing a stat line—33 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists—that previously hadn't been achieved by any player since Wilt Chamberlain (1968).

Although Sunday's outing wasn't quite as impressive, Harden was surely happy to pick up a much-needed win, especially against one of the other teams in the bottom half of the Western Conference playoff picture.

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Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak earned a unique place in NFL history Sunday afternoon, becoming the first person to reach the Super Bowl as both a player and head coach for the same franchise, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

Kubiak spent his entire nine-year playing career as a quarterback for the Broncos, serving as the backup to Hall of Famer John Elway from 1983 to 1991, with his tenure including just five starts and 298 pass attempts.

Elway, the team's current general manager and executive vice president of football operations, led the Broncos to Super Bowl appearances in 1986, 1987 and 1989, but he couldn't pull off any victories in the big game until 1997 and 1998, at which point Kubiak had long been retired.

Kubiak immediately went into coaching after his retirement, spending 1992 and 1993 as the running backs coach at Texas A&M, followed by a one-year stint as a quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony finished Wednesday's 118-111 overtime win over the Utah Jazz with 21,793 career points, moving past Larry Bird (21,791) for sole possession of 31st place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Anthony had 30 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and two turnovers in 42 minutes Wednesday night, successfully converting 13 of his 20 field-goal attempts and all four of his free throws, though he did miss his only shot from beyond the arc.

He tied Bird on the scoring list with his team's first basket of the extra period, then moved past Bird with a pair of free throws that gave the Knicks a six-point lead with just 37 seconds remaining.

While Anthony's overall success obviously doesn't compare to Bird's, the two star forwards have actually been quite similar in terms of scoring, with Larry Legend accumulating his points in 897 career appearances (870 starts) and Anthony needing 870 games (all starts) so far.

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Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns posted a historic stat line in Wednesday's 106-94 overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks, becoming the youngest player (20 years and 66 days) in NBA history to record 25 or more points, 15 or more rebounds and five or more blocks in the same game, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

The first overall pick from the 2015 NBA draft actually finished with 27 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks in 37 minutes, adding three assists, a steal and three turnovers.

Previously, Shaquille O'Neal was the youngest player to post a 25-15-5 stat line that included blocks, having accomplished the feat five separate times during his 1992-93 rookie season, with the first of those performances coming at the age of 20 years and 291 days, per Basketball-Reference.com's play index.

While not quite on the level of a young Shaq as a low-post scorer, Towns is one of the more impressive rookies in NBA history, offering the kind of well-balanced game that is extremely rare even for veterans.

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden had 33 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists in Wednesday's 123-114 loss to the Detroit Pistons, becoming the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1968 to hit all of those statistical marks in the same game, per NBA.com/Stats.

As impressive as his performance was, Harden still fell quite a bit short of Chamberlain's historic 53-32-14 stat line from March 18, 1968, against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Of course, the 26-year-old guard can hardly be blamed for his team's losing effort, as he made nine of his 22 field-goal attempts, three of his seven three-point attempts and all 12 of his free throws, albeit with just one steal, no blocks and a game-high six turnovers.

With star center Dwight Howard exiting the game with an injury early in the first quarter, Harden had to take on an even bigger role than usual and nearly willed his team to victory.

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Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond broke an NBA record with his 23 missed free throws in Wednesday's 123-114 win over the Houston Rockets, narrowly topping the 22 missed free throws that Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had in a Nov. 30 game against the Portland Trail Blazers, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Having made just 38.5 percent of his foul shots throughout his career and 35.5 percent this season, the 22-year-old center has become an obvious target for intentional fouls when the Pistons play analytics-driven teams.

The Rockets started deploying the strategy late in the second quarter, leading the Pistons to remove their star center from the game.

Trailing 56-47 at halftime, Houston opened the third quarter by having backup forward K.J. McDaniels foul Drummond five consecutive times, with the strategy then continuing until Drummond was removed with nine minutes and 22 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

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The Chicago Blackhawks won a franchise-record 12th consecutive game Tuesday night, beating the Nashville Predators 4-1 to improve to 32-13-4 on the season, per the team's official twitter account.

Since the shootout was introduced to the NHL at the beginning of the 2005-06 season, only one other team has a winning streak of 12 or more games that didn't include any shootouts, with the 2009-10 Washington Capitals having won 13 consecutive games in either regulation or overtime, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The Blackhawks will face a serious challenge to match that record, as their next game (on Thursday night) will be a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup Final, with Chicago squaring off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa's Amalie Arena.

Speaking of which, the Blackhawks are just the sixth defending Stanley Cup champion to record a winning streak of 12 games or more the following season, with the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins owning the high mark of 17 straight wins, per Sportsnet Stats.