OAKLAND (CBS SF) - Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will be suspended for the first game of the 2015-16 season after the NBA upgraded a common foul in the fifth game of the Western Conference Finals to a Flagrant 1.
The league said Howard made unnecessary contact with his forearm to the neck area of Warriors guard Andre Iguodala late in Wednesday's game at Oracle Arena.
The foul happened in the fourth quarter with 3:35 remaining and the Warriors pushing the lead that would secure the Western Conference Title. The Rockets lost the game, 104-90, and were eliminated from the playoffs.
The NBA also announced Friday that Howard and Golden State center Andrew Bogut had technical fouls from Game 5 rescinded after they tangled in the paint. The technicals were handed out with 3:19 left in the second quarter.
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