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Dwight Howard hangs with fans stranded at arena due to storm (video)


Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets avoided a series sweep at the hands of the Golden State Warriors on Monday, winning Game 4 by a score of 128-115. Both fans and the Rockets center remained inside the Toyota Center for several hours after the game, but not to savor a victory that staved of postseason elimination.

The area of Houston was hit with a massive spring storm on Monday that the National Weather Service reports deluged the region with anywhere between six and 10 inches of rain, causing massive flash flooding. Authorities urged people to stay off the roads due to overflowing from two bayous, causing a disastrous and potentially dangerous driving conditions.

So Howard hung out at the arena along with hundreds of fans, snapping photos and fraternizing with the stranded people who wisely waited out the storm.

“I can’t go nowhere, so I’m with the fans,” Howard told the media, according to an ESPN report. “I hope everybody’s safe right now and everybody stays off the streets.”

A message was posted on the arena’s scoreboard late in the fourth quarter that read in part: “We recommend remaining in your seats until the weather passes.”

Which a small portion of the fans did, but at least they had one of the team’s superstars holding court to help pass the time. Howard, who lives just outside of Houston, reportedly was still at the arena as of 2:15 a.m. local time and an estimated 200 fans were still utilizing the Toyota Center as a safe and dry haven at 3:50 a.m.

“Sleepy … crazy … but fine,” Howard said. “I’m enjoying myself with the fans.”

As far as the series is concerned, even though Howard is happy Houston wasn’t eliminated, he may not be able to contribute much to the team’s efforts at making the Western Conference Finals a series as he reportedly could be suspended for Game 5 due to some extracurricular activity involving Andrew Bogut that included a head-shot to the Warriors center that resulted in the assessment of a flagrant-one foul.