OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rockets center Dwight Howard picked up his seventh technical of the postseason in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Wednesday night and would have been suspended for Game 6 on Friday in Houston had it been necessary.
The Golden State Warriors eliminated the Rockets with a 104-90 win Wednesday night.
Howard and the Warriors' Andrew Bogut were given technical fouls for pushing each other with 3:20 to play in the second quarter.
Had Game 6 been necessary, the Rockets likely would have asked the league to rescind the technical to allow him to play in that game.
Howard also was called for a foul after extending his arm while setting a hard screen on Andre Iguodala in the final minutes that drew a replay review.
He led Houston with 18 points and 16 rebounds.
Howard avoided a suspension after he was charged with a flagrant foul 1 for hitting Bogut in the face in Game 4. The league ruled Howard's hit on Bogut was unintentional.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Dwight Howard picks up 7th technical foul of postseason