The Hawks picked up a big victory over the Eastern Conference rival Boston Celtics on Monday night 114-98 that moved them to within two games of the fourth spot held by the Washington Wizards. The team did so despite not having center Dwight Howard for the entire fourth quarter due to Howard picking up two technical fouls, causing him to be ejected from the game. Today, the NBA league office released a statement saying that officials made the wrong call on the second technical foul and that Howard shouldn’t have been ejected.
If you missed the play in question, Howard was whistled for hanging on the rim after a dunk that gave the Hawks a 74-64 lead with 4:03 remaining in the third quarter. Fox Sports tweeted out a video of the play.
While the second technical was questionable to say the least, the first one wasn’t. Howard pushed former Hawks center Al Horford after taking a hard foul underneath the basket, which led to the eruption of some tensions.
Howard, for his part, did tell reporters after the game that he needs to do a better job of keeping his composure and that he had apologized to his teammates. From USA Today:
“It was a good team win,” Howard said. “I apologized to the guys and told them I need to do a better job of keeping my composure and some other things and they understood.”
The Hawks and Celtics will meet one more time during the regular season when the C’s come to town on April 6th in a game that is scheduled to be on national television on TNT.