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Thunder’s Dennis Schroder fined $25,000 for making contact with an official

Dennis Schroder, Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Dennis Schroder has been fined $25,000 for intentionally making contact with a game official.

The incident, for which Schroder received a technical foul, occurred with 1:20 remaining in the third quarter of the Thunder’s 104-102 overtime win against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.

Dennis Schroder finished with 24 points against the Hornets. He shot 10-of-17 from the field and 3-of-8 from beyond the arc to help the Thunder improve to 16-15 on the season. The Thunder are in the seventh spot in the Western Conference standings.

Overall on the season, Schroder is averaging 18.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 31 games. The 26-year-old is shooting 46.9 percent from the floor, 34.6 percent from the 3-point line and 82.5 percent from the charity stripe.

After losing stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George in the offseason, many thought the Thunder would be a lottery team this season. However, led by Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Steven AdamsDanilo Gallinari and Schroder, the Thunder have exceeded expectations so far this season.

The Thunder’s early season success has been fun to watch. It will be interesting to see if OKC can keep it up, though, as the season moves along and their schedule gets tougher.

Schroder is making $15,500,000 this season. He becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2021.