Despite yet another devastating postseason exit, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is keeping his head held high.

The big fella scored 18 points, pulled down sixteen rebounds and blocked four shots in Game 5, but it was not enough as the Golden State Warriors brushed aside the Rockets 104-90 en route to the NBA Finals.

Howard earned his seventh technical foul of the Playoffs Wednesday night, and would have been suspended for Game 6.

Nevertheless, Dwight believes he’s a champion and that H-Town should be proud of their team.

Per the Houston Chronicle:

“I’m just disappointed,” Howard said. “It’s tough to get this far and to lose.”

 

Howard’s physical play and his dominance in the paint helped keep the Rockets alive, coach Kevin McHale said. […] “Dwight had a big night for us, 18 and 16, and he fought his way all through the game,” Howard said.

 

He went through a tumultuous season – missing 41 games with injuries. Two months of that was with edema in his right knee. […] “Every year is tough,” Howard said. “The injuries were hard, but I never stopped fighting. It’s tough but I wont stop fighting. I will continue to push myself to the limit and remember that no matter how the season ends, I am still a champion. I won’t let anyone tell me different.”