Dwight Howard did not receive a warm welcome during his return to the Staples Center.  He had to be physically restrained when he got into it with a Lakers fan after the game Sunday night.

TMZ Sports obtained the footage in which you can hear a man shouting obscenities at Howard after the Lakers beat the Hawks 109-94.

At one point the man says “You’re a bitch!”  Dwight was on his way to the locker room but stopped in his tracks and jawed back at the heckler, telling him, “Come back here and say it.”  One of the team officials grabs Howard and tries to push the 6’11” center back toward the tunnel as he continues to challenge the fan.

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