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Joel Embiid: Hassan Whiteside 'Hits Pretty Soft'

09 March 2018

It certainly seems like Joel Embiid brings out the best in Whiteside.

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"We weren't about to lose this one", Whiteside said.

The Heat and 76ers split four games this season, Miami outscoring Philadelphia 409-407. Josh Richardson scored 13 points and Tyler Johnson scored 12 while Kelly Olynyk was the final Miami player in double figures with 10 off of the bench.

The Heat entered that fourth quarter trailing by a point, but used a 19-7 push to take a 92-81 lead with 4:49 to go. This team knows what needs to be done. "It's great when you have multiple guys late in games that you can go to".

Embiid noted that he wasn't bothered by the contact, but rather how Whiteside meant to get an advantage by obstructing his lane back to the offensive side of the ball.

Hassan Whiteside (26 points, 8 rebounds, two blocks) outplayed foul-plagued Joel Embiid (17 points, 7 rebounds, 5 for 18 shooting). "I won't forget about that", Embiid told NBC Sports' Jessica Camerato. He hits pretty soft, so I didn't feel anything.

"But I didn't think I touched him".

"We were in the game on the road against a team that's in a similar position as us - fighting for their lives", Redick said. "They're a physical team. They're going to be a tough out in the playoffs".

Miami controlled the fourth and led by 11 with 2:01 left, before the 76ers had one last gasp.

Redick led the Sixers with 11 points at halftime.

The drama essentially ended there. The late momentum shifted with the score at 51-40 when Philly knocked down a trio of unanswered 3-pointers to chop the margin to just two points. "He's filling his cup from the fountain of youth", coach Erik Spoelstra said.

The Sixers would settle down and claw their way back from the early deficit thanks largely to good passing and the play of Dario Saric.

The Sixers would only trail by one as Miami led 29-28 after the first quarter. Waiters got his cast removed earlier this week. Wade is 23-4 in home games against Philadelphia.

With the two centers going head-to-head for most of the night, Whiteside made sure he came out of the gate with a lot of energy and hit his first four shots.

Double-digit leads have meant nearly nothing in this Heat-76ers season series.

Episcopal Academy graduate Wayne Ellington scored the first points of the fourth quarter for Miami to give them the lead once again. Conversely, the Heat offense managed to connect on 72 percent (13-of-18) of their field-goal attempts to aid in opening up some breathing room in what had been a tightly contested game. They still face Brooklyn three times, NY and Atlanta twice.

The Sixers play next on Sunday when they visit the Brooklyn Nets.

Joel Embiid: Hassan Whiteside 'Hits Pretty Soft'