Dwight Howard fined $25,000 for tossing ball at heckler in Dallas

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard was having a pretty good game despite not having a lot of success in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's 123-120 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. He was just 1-of-5 from the field in the fourth, but did manage 4-of-6 from the free throw line. Before one of his trips to the line, he was fouled inside and immediately heckled by a fan just beyond the baseline.

Howard gathered the loose ball and flipped it toward the fan, who promptly batted it back onto the court. Perhaps, he was trying out for a defensive role on the Rockets? The league has dropped a $25,000 fine on Howard for tossing the ball into the stands. From the NBA's PR Twitter account:

HOU's Dwight Howard fined $25,000 for throwing ball into stands during Houston's 123-120 loss to Dallas on Nov. 20.

Tossing the ball into the stands is a big no-no and comes with an automatic technical foul and typically a fine later. Not only did the heckler get the better of Howard in that moment, but he got to celebrate a victory for his team and has now cost Howard a nice chunk of change.

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Zach Harper likes basketball. Some would even say he loves it. He's also an enthusiast for everything Ricky Davis, Rasheed Wallace, Nic Cage, and has seen the movie Gigli almost three times. He's been... Full Bio

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