Houston center Dwight Howard was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday for throwing a ball into the stands during the fourth quarter of the Dallas Mavericks' 123-120 victory over the Rockets on Wednesday night. Earlier in the game, Mavericks guard Vince Carter and Howard exchanged words during a timeout, with Carter calling Howard "the biggest crybaby I know." ESPN Dallas reported that Carter interrupted Howard's one-sided discussion with an official in the second quarter when he loudly and repeatedly took his jab at Howard. Carter expanded his comments after the game. "All the time," Carter said when asked about Howard's complaining. "He always talks about how I'm a crybaby. I was like, 'Yo, you're the biggest crybaby I know.' And then later, he's like, 'Yo, why'd you say that to me?' But I know Dwight. It's all good, but he is (a crybaby). "I mean, he takes a lot of punishment, but I'm like, 'Yo, c'mon Dwight, c'mon. You elbowed, you're sitting in the paint the entire time. What are you whining about?' He told me to stop crying. I was like, 'What? Are you serious?'" Carter played parts of two seasons with the Orlando Magic as Howard's teammate.
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