Magic's Howard, Richardson suspended
NEW YORK (AP)
Magic center Dwight Howard was suspended one game by the NBA for receiving his 18th technical foul of the season and Orlando guard Quentin Richardson received a two-game suspension for shoving Charlotte's Gerald Henderson in the face.
Howard received a technical Wednesday night in the second quarter against the Bobcats and it was upheld by the league Thursday.
Under NBA rules, a player or coach is automatically suspended without pay for one game once he receives his 16th technical foul during a regular season. For every two additional technical fouls received during that regular season, the player or coach receives an automatic one-game suspension.
Richardson and Henderson got into an altercation with 8:30 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Magic's 111-102 victory in Charlotte.
Howard and Richardson will sit out Sunday's nationally televised game against East-leading Chicago.