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Dwight missed 12 of 18 shots vs PHX, but said Suns players were telling him they fouled "the crap out" of him ...
"A lot of stuff happened in the paint," Howard said after scoring 16 points on 6-for-18 shooting, getting his shot blocked three times. "For me, I just got to do my best and not say anything to the refs. I know it’s hard, but I’ll continue to talk to myself and push myself to leave the referees alone and hopefully they might look down there a couple times. But until then, I just got to keep fighting through it. If I don’t get a call, just keep going back down there and do the same thing."
Howard had four fouls of his own and also had four turnovers in L.A.'s 99-76 loss to Phoenix.
"Just continue to play through fouls," Howard said. "There was a lot of times where they were intentionally trying to foul and they weren’t called. They even said it, ‘I fouled the crap out of you on that play,’ and we’d just laugh about it. But there’s nothing I can do but try not to say anything to the referees and just play through it."
Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni thought Howard was trying to do too much and was pressing.
"I just think he kind of took it personal and tried to go at them and we need to do more pick-and-rolls, roll him into the post, get him out on the move to get the ball into him," D'Antoni said. "We just kind of, because I think we’re tired, we just kind of got stuck in mud and tried to wrestle our way through it and it didn’t work and it didn’t look good either."