Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is slapped in the face by Portland Trail Blazers center J.J. Hickson during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is slapped in the face by Portland Trail Blazers center J.J. Hickson during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is slapped in the face by Portland Trail Blazers center J.J. Hickson during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)