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Rockets' Howard fined $25,000 for tossing ball into stands during loss in Dallas

Houston Rockets forward Dwight Howard (12) hangs his head as he walks to  the bench during a time out in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas,  Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. The Mavericks won 123-120.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Houston Rockets forward Dwight Howard (12) hangs his head as he walks to the bench during a time out in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. The Mavericks won 123-120. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  (The Associated Press)

Houston center Dwight Howard has been fined $25,000 for throwing the ball into the stands late in the Rockets' loss in Dallas.

Howard tossed the ball into the seats while turning toward the court, drawing a technical foul with 2:54 remaining in the game Wednesday night. The NBA announced the fine Thursday.

The Rockets were ahead 116-111 at the time, and Dirk Nowitzki made the free throw to get Dallas within four.

The Mavericks, who trailed by 18 in the third quarter, later went on a 9-1 run to end the game and earn a 123-120 come-from-behind win.

Howard had a season-high 33 points and 11 rebounds.