Dwight Howard sure had an eventful night.
The veteran center collected his championship ring in his first game at the Staples Center since winning the 2020 NBA Finals with the Lakers, alongside teammate Danny Green.
Then, less than a quarter into the game, Howard and Lakers forward Montrezl Harrell were called for a double technical after they got tied up under the hoop. After the quarter ended, Howard was called for another technical for running into Harrell on his way off the court. He was then ejected from the game.
Howard’s ejection prematurely ended his first game after collecting his ring. The journeyman center scored six points in the first quarter but was called for two separate technical fouls related to his lively battle in the paint with Harrell.
The 76ers held off the Lakers, who are playing without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, for a 109-101 victory despite Howard’s brief evening.
“It was a very selfish play,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said. “You’ve got one tech. You can’t get another one. We just have to have better discipline. I get it. There’s a lot of emotion, but we had one center on our team, and he got thrown out. I know there’s emotion, but he’s a veteran. Got to have better discipline.
— With AP