Rockets forward docked a game check

Updated: January 7, 2006, 5:36 PM ET
Associated Press

Juwan Howard

NEW YORK -- Houston Rockets forward Juwan Howard was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Saturday for shoving the basketball into the face of Toronto guard Mike James.

James drove toward the basket and was fouled by Howard during the second quarter of Toronto's 112-92 victory Friday night. The players exchanged words before Howard approached James and shoved the ball into his face. James was restrained by his teammates. Both received a technical, and Howard was ejected.

Howard will serve his suspension Sunday night when the Rockets host the Denver Nuggets.

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