David Lee's elbow ends up in Dwight Howard's face
David Lee and Dwight Howard will go head-to-head on April 12 in L.A. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
Dwight Howard vowed revenge after David Lee's elbow required three stitches following Monday night's Lakers-Warriors game. Wednesday, the NBA stepped in and exacted that revenge, slapping Lee with a retroactive flagrant foul 1, CSNBayArea.com has confirmed.
[REWIND: Howard hints at payback; Lee responds]
The news likely came as a shock to Lee, who said he was "a little surprised" at Howard's postgame comments, and affirmed the contact was unintentional.
Howard felt otherwise:
"He got away with a shot. I will remember this game. I will remember that shot. He said he wasn't trying to do it. You can look at the play and see it for yourself. I will take care of it later."
"Like I said, not an intentional play so, I can't really worry too much about it. I'm out there trying to make contact with a shot blocker so I don't get my shot thrown into the fifth row, and an elbow got out of control a little bit there. It wasn't intentional."
[RECAP: Warriors 109, Lakers 103]
The flagrant is Lee's second of the season. He has four technicals and has not been ejected from a game.
Howard, meanwhile, is tied for the league lead with three flagrant fouls. To go along with his nine technicals and two ejections this year, Howard leads the NBA with an average of 3.8 personal fouls per game.
Was the NBA's penalty enough to sate Howard's thirst for revenge? The world will be watching closely when the Warriors face the Lakers in L.A. on April 12, with coverage on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area at 7 p.m. PT.