BOSTON -- In the third quarter of Monday night's 87-56 blowout of the Magic, Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal took issue with what he perceived as an elbow thrown his way by the Magic's Dwight Howard, so O'Neal waved his finger in the All-Star center's face as he shouted a few choice words.
The two had to be separated by teammates, and both O'Neal and Howard were assessed technical fouls.
"It's stupid to fight on the court at all, so I wasn't about to go back into it with him," said Howard, who was held to 18 points on 4-of-15 shooting in the loss. "But that's kind of crossing the line when somebody puts their hand in your faceI just put his hand out of my face. I didn't run up on him. It's basketball. We're not MMA fighters. I don't know why I got a tech, but I'm cool."
Howard has led the league in technical fouls each of the past two seasons, and he's already picked up three this season. O'Neal's technical was his second of the year.
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