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Dwight Howard's Technical Foul Rescinded

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 26:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic reacts after dunking against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Arena on May 26, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Jessica DAnalyst IMay 27, 2009

After further review, the NBA league office decided to rescind the technical foul given to Dwight Howard during last night's victory over LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

After the technical foul, Amway Arena went beserk, yelling a resounding "bull%*@" at the game officials. Apparently it was, and more specifically, it was a celebration, not a taunt.

The technical was called after he celebrated a made basket. Cleveland's Anderson Varejao grabbed Howard around the shoulders on a hard foul and Superman pumped his fists in Varejao's direction after putting the ball in the hoop.

"I was just playing with emotion," Dwight said Tuesday night after the win. "I wasn't taunting Varejao or anything. My thing was, it was a tough play, he grabbed me around the neck and I made the shot, so hopefully they will look at it".

Kobe Bryant also got a technical foul wiped away in the Western Conference Finals, and three T's earned by Denver Nuggets' player Kenyon Martin were dropped as well.

The Magic are concerned that Dwight has earned a reputation with the officials and is not given the benefit of the doubt.

"When you get calls like that, you do feel that the guy is a marked man a little bit," Coach Van Gundy said.

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