Dwight Howard faces one-game ban

Updated: March 4, 2011, 10:54 PM ET
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard faces a one-game suspension after picking up his 16th technical foul of the season.

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Howard, who leads the NBA in technicals this season, was whistled for another one with 1:41 left in the first half Friday night against Chicago.

If the call is upheld following a review by the league, Howard would be suspended for Orlando's next game against Portland on Monday night.

"I think we can live by it and live with [the rule]," Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson told ESPNLosAngeles before the Lakers' game against Charlotte Friday night. "I hate to see a player miss a game because of it. A player of that caliber and a team that's fighting for a spot at this time of the year, it's going to boil down to an important part of the season. That's a problem."

With the Bulls leading 43-29, the Howard was hit on the top of his head by Kyle Korver as Howard came down with an offensive rebound.

Korver was whistled for a foul, but took a swipe at the ball moments after the play. That prompted Howard to swing his elbows. Referee Ed Malloy stepped in to separate them and also called a technical on Howard.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.