Howard and about 200 fans stayed in the stadium to avoid driving in the rising floodwater

By Alex Heigl
Updated May 26, 2015 05:15 PM
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Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard got to spend Monday night with some very happy Rockets fans in Houston’s Toyota Center.

The Rockets had just avoided being swept by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals, and workers at the Toyota Center – concerned that they’d be releasing over 18,000 fans onto unsafe roads and into torrential rain – announced that fans should stay in their seats and hang out for a while after the game.

They probably hadn’t considered Howard, who lives outside of Houston, when making that announcement, but he decided to stay safe.

“I can’t go nowhere, so I’m with the fans,” Howard told reporters. “I hope everybody’s safe right now and everybody stays off the streets.”

One station estimated about 200 fans (and Howard!) stayed behind in the stadium, which fed and watered its new residents.

One thing Howard did take issue with, though: “They’re showing the Weather Channel right now,” he said to reporters. “They need to put on a movie or something.”