Dwight Howard Suspended 1 Game for Receiving 16th Technical Foul of Season

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2018

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Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard has been suspended one game after receiving his 16th technical foul of the season during Wednesday’s 111-105 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, per Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

Bobby Marks of ESPN added that "the one-game suspension will cost Howard $162,069."

His technical came amidst one of the most impressive performances of the season, as Howard posted 32 points and 30 rebounds. 

"Never been part of something like that," teammate Kemba Walker said of Howard's game, per ESPN. "It was incredible. Yeah, it was incredible to see those kinds of numbers and be a part of it. Yeah, it was crazy."

According to that report, Howard became "the first player since 2010—and just the second since the 1981-82 season—to have a 30-30 game." Kevin Love was the last player to pull off the feat, with a 31-31 game for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010. 

Moses Malone, meanwhile, went for 38 points and 32 rebounds for the Houston Rockets in 1982.

Howard's reward for his historical performance, however, is sitting out the team's Thursday night matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies. Howard's absence may not matter much, however—the Grizzlies are in full tank mode and have lost 21 of their last 22 games.

With Howard out of action, Willy Hernangomez and Frank Kaminsky should see the bulk of the minutes at center, and Cody Zeller could also fill in at the position if he's ready to return from his knee injury.

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