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Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard suspended after 16th technical

May 13, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) and Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard (39) get into an altercation during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard will serve a one-game league suspension Friday night after picking up his 16th technical foul of the season in Thursday night’s loss to the Miami Heat.

The Sixers (47-23) have lost two in a row but still lead the Eastern Conference by one game over the Brooklyn Nets (46-24) entering Friday’s road game with the Orlando Magic (21-49).

Howard, who began his career with the Magic (2004-12), was assessed his 16th technical with 10:19 remaining in the second quarter of the Sixers’ 106-94 loss.

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Under NBA rules, a player or coach is automatically suspended without pay for one game once he receives his 16th technical foul during a regular season. For every two additional technical fouls received during that regular season, the player or coach will be automatically suspended without pay for an additional game.

An eight-time All-Star and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, the 35-year-old Howard is averaging 7.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in 68 games (five starts) in his first season with Philadelphia.

–Field Level Media