Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard slapped Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut in the face in response to Bogut's physical play.
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 (@RattoNBCS) 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