With 2:54 remaining in the game and Houston leading 116-111, Howard drew a foul as he looked to score in traffic underneath the hoop. The ball bounced back to him off the stanchion and he dribbled a few times to collect himself after the contact. Before Howard could give the ball to a referee, though, he found himself distracted by a fan seated in the baseline seats. Howard turned to look over his right shoulder at the pointing man before softly tossing the ball to the man, who slapped it away in response. Howard’s toss drew the quick technical, and Dirk Nowitzki gladly stepped to the stripe to cash in the mistake for a free point.
Source: Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated