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PHILADELPHIA -- If Joel Embiid and Hassan Whiteside have their way, centers are going to be big in the NBA again. Ryan Pulock Jersey .Embiid had 22 points, including four late free throws, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over Whiteside and the Miami Heat 101-94 on Monday night in a matchup between two of the top big men in the Eastern Conference.Neither disappointed.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.Around the league theres a lot of young big men, and I think were starting to come back, said Embiid, who played 23 minutes. So one thing I told him is keep killing it. As big men, we all want each other to do good. Ive always studied him in the past. Its always been a big man league, so I want it to stay like that.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.I feel were moving in the right direction, coach Brett Brown said.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 Philadelphias 120-105 win over Phoenix on Saturday night and followed that up with yet another strong game.He was serenaded with chants of MVP! MVP! late in the game from the home crowd, which hasnt had much to cheer about in the last few seasons during Philadelphias rebuilding process. But Embiid has given Sixers fans reason to hope.Philly loves that guy, Whiteside said. Ive never seen excitement like that. They love that dude. I was amazed.Embiid came up big again Monday, especially down the stretch.The teams were close throughout the second half. Hendersons 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 Embiids two free throws with 2:27 left that gave the 76ers their biggest lead to that point, 98-91.Theres a spirit he has at the end of games and on the bench that reflects toughness and a growing desire, Brown said of Embiid.PITCHING INRobert Covington also came up big during the late Sixers 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.It goes in one ear, out the other, Covington said. Ive been here two years. I see the ups and downs of how Philly fans are, and it doesnt affect me. Just keep playing.The 3-pointer eased Covingtons mind.It was a big relief, he said. My teammates just kept telling me to keep shooting. I was like, Im going to have one good shot.KEEP ME IN, COACHWhiteside, plagued by foul trouble, played 32 minutes. He ended the night with five fouls, but would have liked to have seen more time on the court.One day he is going to trust me with the five fouls, Whiteside said of coach Erik Spoelstra.BIG SHOTEmbiid is the rare big man who has a feathery touch from outside. He shot 7 of 13 from the field and hit one of his two 3-point attempts. For the season, Embiid is shooting 49.2 percent from the floor and has drained 11 of 21 3-pointers.TIP-INSHeat: Shaquille ONeals No. 32 jersey will be retired by Miami on Dec. 22 during a ceremony at halftime against the Los Angeles Lakers. ... F Willie Reed (knee) didnt play after leaving Saturdays game at Washington.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. . Embiids minutes are restricted in the wake of his foot injury.UP NEXTHeat: At the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.76ers: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Bryan Trottier Jersey . The Redskins announced Monday that the quarterback who led the team to the Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season will serve as a personnel executive. Robin Salo Jersey .B. -- The Baie-Comeau Drakkar took over sole possession of first place atop the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Thursday with their sixth straight win. . After the whistle, Thornton skated the length of the ice, pulled Orpik to the ice from behind and punched him in the face several times. Manny Pacquiao, the eight-division world titleholder and future Hall of Famer, returns to the ring seven months after bidding farewell to boxing, following his unanimous decision victory over Timothy Bradley Jr. in April.Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) is set to take on welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Saturday (Top Rank PPV, 9 p.m. ET.)Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs), from California, is 10 years younger than Pacquiao, but he lacks experience in title bouts.The fight is expected to go the distance -- Pacquiao hasnt scored a KO since November 2010, when he stopped Miguel Cotto in the 12th round, and Vargas has only 10 KOs in 28 fights. Both fighters are aggressive, highly mobile and throw high volumes of punches, but they lack the necessary punching power to stop their opponent inside the distance.In speed, explosiveness we trustThis is not the time to make changes or tweak something that has worked so well throughout his career. To beat Vargas, Pacquiao must continue to rely on speed and explosiveness. A victory by KO seems unlikely against an opponent who can take punches well. This means Pacquiao will have to rely on his punches from all angles and surprise his opponent with explosive combinations, things that usually score well with the judges.Punches in bunchesIf anything has set Pacquiao apart throughout his career its the volume of punches he throws per fight. When he finds the distance, the sheer weight of his combinations is enough to overpower and break down his opponents strategy. Vargas has a longer reach and will use it throughout the fight. That is why, as soon as Pacquiao gets inside Vargas jab, he should look to throw short combinations aand the left hook to Vargas chin. Scott Mayfield Jersey. It will be hard to knock out Vargas, but from that inside position it might just be possible.Look both waysIf Pacquiao fails to find the distance and struggles to implement his offensive plan, one alternative will be to surprise Vargas from the sides. It is well known that Pacquiaos elusiveness helps him to turn to the sides and throw shots over the top or underneath in weird angles. Those punches will be crucial in this fight.Beware of Vargas counterVargas seems to pack less of a punch than Juan Manuel Márquez, who stopped Pacquiao in the fourth fight of their heated rivalry in 2012, but Vargas says he is coming into this fight stronger and faster than ever. That means he is ready and willing to do anything to win the fight, including his dangerous counterpunching technique. When Pacquiao begins his frenzied attacks with the long left, he needs to be careful not to miss. Vargas will be waiting to catch him wrong-footed and unbalanced. Pacquiaos opponents will always be looking for a shot similar to the one landed by Marquez. There is no doubt that Vargas will be too.Listen to your trainerHaving Freddie Roach in the corner is already an advantage and even more so due to their long-standing relationship. Pacquiao will have a plan, which may change or progress depending on the rhythm of the fight. Roach has this under control, but if the plan fails, Manny will need to draw on his experience to restore his dominance in the fight. A 21-year career is an advantage that is hard to match. He must make the most of it. Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Discount NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys NFL Cheap ' ' '