Em­biid, 76ers win 4th straight at home

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Aaron Bracy

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Joel Em­biid had 22 points, in­clud­ing four late free throws, to lead the Philadel­phia 76ers over the Mi­ami Heat 101-94 on Mon­day night.

Ger­ald Hen­der­son added 19 points and Jahlil Okafor had 15 for the 76ers, who won their fourth straight home game. Philadel­phia (4-10) has lost 21 in a row on the road.

Has­san White­side set a ca­reer high with 32 points while reach­ing dou­ble dig­its in re­bounds for the 13th con­sec­u­tive game to start the sea­son. White­side, who en­tered lead­ing the NBA with 16.2 boards per game, fin­ished with 13.

The game fea­tured a matchup be­tween White­side and Em­biid, two of the top big men in the East­ern Con­fer­ence. Nei­ther dis­ap­pointed.

Em­biid has made an early case for Rookie of the Year de­spite miss­ing two sea­sons with a foot in­jury. He set a ca­reer high with 26 points in Philadel­phia’s 120-105 win over Phoenix on Sat­ur­day night and fol­lowed it with yet another strong game.

He was ser­e­naded with chants of “MVP! MVP!” late in the game from the home crowd, which hasn’t had much to cheer about in the last few sea­sons dur­ing Philadel­phia’s re­build­ing process. But Em­biid has given Six­ers fans rea­son to hope.

He came up big again Mon­day, es­pe­cially down the stretch.

The teams were close through­out the sec­ond half. Hen­der­son’s cor­ner 3-pointer gave Philadel­phia an 85-80 cush­ion with 8:16 re­main­ing. White­side re-en­tered shortly af­ter that shot and helped Mi­ami tie it at 89 with 4:43 left on a tip-in.

Philadel­phia re­sponded with nine of the next 11 points, capped by Em­biid’s two free throws with 2:27 left that gave the 76ers their big­gest lead to that point, 98-91.

Robert Cov­ing­ton also came up big dur­ing the run, scor­ing on a re­verse layup and a 3-pointer.

Cov­ing­ton was booed upon en­ter­ing the game in the fourth quar­ter due to his re­cent shooting strug­gles. He en­tered hav­ing missed 27 of his last 31 shots and fin­ished 4 for 13 against Mi­ami.

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76ers: Off­sea­son ac­qui­si­tion Jer­ryd Bay­less made his sea­son de­but for Philadel­phia and scored four points in 16 min­utes. Bay­less missed the first 13 games with a left wrist in­jury.

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The 76ers’ Robert Cov­ing­ton drives Mon­day against Mi­ami.

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