Tucker, Schroder ejected from Rockets-Thunder playoff game
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — Houston’s P.J. Tucker and Oklahoma City’s Dennis Schroder were ejected from Game 5 of their first-round playoff series Saturday night after a tussle following a hard pick that sent them both to the floor.
Midway through the third quarter with Houston leading 67-49, Tucker set a pick on Schroder, who swung his right arm between Tucker’s legs, hitting him in the groin. When the two players stood back up, Tucker approached Schroder and head-butted him from behind.
After checking the video, referee James Capers called a flagrant 2 foul on Schroder and ejected him. Tucker was given a technical foul with an ejection.
Schroder was leading the Thunder with 19 points. Tucker had five points and six rebounds.
The Rockets won, 114-80, to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series.