Dwight Howard fined $35,000 for obscene gesture

NEW YORK -- Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard has been fined $35,000 for making an obscene gesture toward Cleveland Cavaliers fans.

The NBA announced the fine Saturday.

Howard was captured on video mimicking a sexual act in the second quarter of the Hornets' 100-99 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday night.

A 14-year veteran and eight-time All-Star, Howard is averaging 15.5 points and 12.9 rebounds in 18 games this season.