Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard was fined $5,000 by the NBA on Saturday for shoving San Antonio's Bruce Bowen in a game Thursday night.
The 6-foot-7 Howard knocked down Bowen with a hard shove in the second quarter of the Spurs' 97-91 victory. Howard was called for a flagrant foul, penalty one.
On Saturday, the league fined Howard and upgraded the foul to a penalty two. A flagrant foul, penalty two is called for "unnecessary and excessive contact" and carries an automatic ejection, according to NBA rules.
Kobe is back, and the Lakers didn't miss a beat.
Kobe Bryant scored 23 points in his season debut as Los Angeles beat Seattle 118-112 on Friday night, the Lakers' third win in as many games this season.
Bryant played 41 minutes and went 8-for-15 from the field. He had six assists and four rebounds.
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