Dwight Howard's homecoming to the Atlanta Hawks has been quite a successful one thus far.
The Hawks are 9-3 and, as usual, Howard is averaging a double;e-double every night.
However, during the 100-96 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night, the center's actions went some way to explaining their loss.
With 5:38 remaining in the fourth quarter, Howard delivered what appeared to be an intentional elbow to Cody Zeller's face and received a flagrant foul 2.
That meant the Hawks pivot was ejected from the game and the Hornets would go on to have a game-winning run, but Howard was unapologetic after the game.
"It wasn't like I tried to hit him in the face," Howard, who had 10 points and 18 rebounds, said after the game, "but my job is to protect my house at all costs. I am making no apologies for it. I can't do nothing but live with it."
For what it's worth, Zeller didn't mind.
"I have taken a lot of hard hits with two older brothers," Zeller said. "I knew it was going to be a physical game. But it was a huge play in the game because they couldn't go to him late in the game and we went on a run."