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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.

---The Sacramento Kings assigned rookie guard Ray McCallum to the team's NBA Development League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, the team announced Thursday.

McCallum, selected in the second round (36th overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft, has not seen action in the Kings' 11 games this season. He averaged 3.8 points, 1.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.20 steals and 12.2 minutes per game in five games off the bench for the Kings in the preseason. He will be reunited with former Kings training camp players Brandon Heath, DeQuan Jones and Trent Lockett.

---New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Thursday he is not worried about losing his job.

In an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show," Woodson said that he is confident the Knicks (3-8) will turn things.

"I'm going to continue to coach this team and eventually I'm going to get us over this hump and get us on the winning track," Woodson said.

Woodson said he is not concerned about getting fired.

"Absolutely not," he said. "I'll never feel that way because, again, I'm paid to coach. I'm the Knicks' head coach."
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