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NBA fines Schroder, Tucker $25,000 apiece

FILE PHOTO: Aug 29, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (17) drives to the basket against Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (17) during the second quarter in game five of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at The Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA issued $25,000 fines to Dennis Schroder of the Oklahoma City Thunder and P.J. Tucker of the Houston Rockets on Sunday, one day after their on-court confrontation.

Schroder was fined “for making contact to the groin area” of Tucker, and Tucker was penalized for “approaching Schroder and making contact with him in escalation of the altercation,” according to a release from the office of NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe.

Both players were ejected after the incident, which occurred with 6:51 left in the third quarter of the Rockets’ 114-80 victory near Orlando. Schroder received a flagrant-2 foul call.

Schroder told reporters after the game that he did not intentionally hit Tucker in a sensitive spot.

The Rockets hold a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference first-round series, with Game 6 scheduled for Monday night.

--Field Level Media

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