Dwight Howard had been asking coach Stan Van Gundy to start playing him less late in the season, wanting to make sure he was well rested before the playoffs begin later this month.
He won't have to ask anymore.
Howard will be getting plenty of rest now. He is likely to miss the next Magic game -- which isn't until Sunday against Chicago -- after receiving his 18th technical foul Wednesday night.
He will be serving an automatic one-game suspension unless the league intervenes and rescinds the technical. They already have rescinded four of his technical fouls this season.
Howard got his latest technical for tossing the ball toward the stands after he was called for delay of game when he took more than 10 seconds to shoot a free throw. It was the second consecutive game he had a foul shot taken away because he took too long, and he obviously was frustrated by the call Wednesday.
The Magic also could be without forward Quentin Richardson on Sunday. He was ejected after he used to both hands to shove Charlotte guard Gerald Henderson in the face.
The delay of game call against Howard was the third time it was called against him this season. It rarely has been call in the past among NBA players.
"It's interesting because it's like they just pick and choose when to enforce that rule," said Van Gundy. "You never know when they are going to call it."
MAGIC 111, BOBCATS 102 (OT): Dwight Howard ruled the game defensively, while Gilbert Arenas was big at the offensive end, scoring a season-high 25 points. The Magic got a balanced attack with 10 players reaching double-figures. Brandon Bass had 19 points, Jameer Nelson 18 and Hedo Turkoglu got 15. Howard had six blocked shots. The Bobcats got a career-high 32 points from Gerald Henderson. The Magic trailed much of the game, but they dominated the fourth quarter until Nelson had two turnovers in the final minute that allowed the Bobcats to force overtime.
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