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Dwight Howard suspended for one game after picking up 16th technical in 30-30 game

Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard was suspended for Thursday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies after picking up his 16th technical foul this season.

The NBA announced the penalty Thursday, noting that league rules require an automatic one-game suspension without pay for a player or coach who receives 16 technical fouls during the regular season.

After hitting that threshold, a player or coach will be suspended without pay automatically for another game for every two additional technical fouls received during that regular season.

Howard picked up his most recent technical with 10:48 left in Wednesday’s 111-105 win against the Brooklyn Nets.

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He finished with 32 points and a franchise-record 30 rebounds, becoming just the eighth player in league history with a 30-30 game.

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