Dwight Howard Fined $35,000 for Flagrant Foul-It’s been a rough start to the 2012-2013 season for Dwight Howard and he made it a little tougher on himself Wednesday night. After committing a flagrant-2 foul against Denver’s Kenneth Faried, Howard was ejected and subsequently fined $35,000 by the league. To add even more insult to injury, when asked what losing Howard for the rest of the game meant, coach Mike D’Antoni replied “Not a whole lot.” There is no word on a suspension yet, but one may be coming soon (Sporting News).
Durant Drops 40 as Thunder Beat Mavs in OT-The Thunder rallied late against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday and Russell Westbrook hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to send the game to overtime, which the Thunder won 111-105 to improve to 22-6 on the season. Westbrook scored a season-high 32, but Kevin Durant led the team with 40 points on the night (Sports Illustrated).
Dwyane Wade Suspended One Game for Kick-Dwyane Wade was suspended by the league for Friday’s game against Detroit for an alleged “kick” he made to Roman Sessions of the Bobcats on Wednesday. Wade says he was reacting to contact and that it was not a kick, but it was clear that his leg did make contact with the groin of Sessions (CBS Sports).
Anderson Varejao Out Two More Games-Cleveland center Anderson Varejao has already missed four games since injuring his knee in a game against the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 18 and the bruising is still severe enough to keep him out for the next two games on the schedule. He will not travel with the team on Friday, but Cavs coach Byron Scott says the injury is not more serious than a bruise, it just needs a little more time to heal (ESPN).
Clippers Win 15th Straight-The Los Angeles Clippers extended their league-best winning streak to 15 games on Thursday after crushing the Boston Celtics 106-77. Matt Barnes tied his season-high with 21 points off the bench and Blake Griffin added 15. The Clippers continue to dominate opponents, as they have won every game by more than six points since Nov. 28 (NBC Sports).