Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard slapped Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut in the face in response to Bogut's physical play during the third quarter of Monday night's Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
Howard caught Bogut across the face with his forearm at the 8:06 mark of the third quarter with his team leading 75–64. He was called for a Flagrant 1 foul, which is administered for unnecessary, hard contact against an offensive player.
Bogut missed both resulting free throws.
The foul was administered by the always flamboyant Joey Crawford.
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Here's what the Twitterverse had to say in response to the Flagrant 1 verdict:
Dwight doesn't get thrown out for that but Horford does last night for a far lesser transgression. Nice job NBA.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) May 26, 2015
Dwight Howard just threw a UFC-style spinning backfist. He shouldn't be allowed to play anymore tonight.— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) May 26, 2015
Bye Dwight.— Cindy Brunson (@CindyBrunsonAZ) May 26, 2015
Howard just clocked Bogut, and Crawford is checking to see whether its a Flagrant 1, 2 or 6.— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) May 26, 2015
Joey Crawford read the bad press on Horford's ejection. Brutal. Zero consistency. JVG absolutely right.— Ben Enos (@Ben_Enos) May 26, 2015
That's unbelievable. No consistency.— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) May 26, 2015