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Schroder, Tucker fined $25,000 for fighting

FLORIDA–Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Sunday after a punch to the groin of Houston forward P.J. Tucker, who was also fined $25,000 for escalation.

The incidents took place with 6:51 remaining in the third quarter of Houston’s 114-80 playoff victory over the Thunder on Saturday in the COVID-19 quarantine bubble at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Schroder ran into Tucker and both fell to the court. Tucker walked up behind the German and bumped into him, sparking a confrontation that saw teammates separate the players.

Tucker’s fine was for approaching and making contact with Schroder to escalate the issue.

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An NBA review determined that Tucker’s contact with Schroder did not meet the standard for a headbutt.

The incident saw Schroder assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected. Tucker was assessed a technical foul and ejected as well.

The Rockets lead their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series 3-2 entering game six on Monday.