The Rockets were comfortably in control against the Warriors for the majority of their double-digit Game 4 victory, but there was no way fans in Houston would be leaving early with the game already decided.
Mainly because they were strongly advised against it.
Sleepover at Toyota Center! pic.twitter.com/BE1pchhb1K
— Rocketgirl (@00rocketgirl) May 26, 2015
Severe storms in Houston had plenty of fans stranded at the arena until the wee hours of the morning. And Dwight Howard, who lives a bit outside of the downtown area, was similarly stuck.
Star center Dwight Howard was stuck at the arena until roughly 2:30 a.m. ET with his son because the highway he lives off was closed due to flooding.
Howard’s son played catch with several fans who were told to remain in the stands as the city was hit with a tremendous storm that shut down several highways and streets. …
“I live a block and half away from the arena, so I was able to get home pretty easily,” McHale said. “The last thing I heard Dwight was in the arena with some of the guys because he lives so far away. I think he was the last to leave.”
Howard could have remained in a players-only area in the locker room throughout, but credit him for hanging with the fans and bringing some joy to what was obviously an unfortunate situation.