Dwight Howard ended season one point short of a milestone

The Charlotte Hornets wrapped up the 2017-18 campaign with a victory over the Indiana Pacers, but Dwight Howard ended painfully shy of the 18,000-point mark for his career.

During the regular-season finale, Howard needed 15 points to reach 18,000. However, he closed the night with 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting, also missing two of his four free-throw attempts.

You’ve got to make your free throws, kids.

So, Howard must wait approximately six months before becoming the 70th player in NBA history and 72nd overall to hit the target. Pending any retirements this offseason, he’d be the 13th active player to score 18,000 points in his career.

Instead, the veteran center had to settle for passing Shaquille O’Neal on the all-time rebounds list, securing 17 during the victory Tuesday to enter the top 15 in NBA history.

Hey, that’s pretty good too.