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Injury update: Thunder lists Dennis Schroder as out at Toronto

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CHARLOTTE – Saturday evening, the Thunder listed Dennis Schroder (right ankle soreness) as out for OKC's game at Toronto Sunday.

Schroder, the leader of OKC's formidable bench, was questionable to play with the same injury before the Thunder's 104-102 overtime win at Charlotte Friday. He ended up playing 35 minutes. Schroder scored 24 points, marking his fifth consecutive 20-point game. He made Thunder history, recording the longest such streak off the bench. 

“Dennis, man, (he’s) a trooper,” Thunder guard Chris Paul said. “… You saw early in the game he was limping. Then he just turned it on.”

The Thunder reserves have outscored opponents’ benches 24 times  in the Thunder's 31 games this season. The most recent example came Friday. The Thunder bench scored 47 points. The Hornets bench scored 26.

“We’ve got one of the best benches in the league, obviously,” Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said. “We’re not ourselves without them. They provide another punch. And a lot of teams come in with their bench, and they’re weaker than the starting five. And that’s not the case for us.”

Schroder’s consistency has been a large part of the bench's success. The point guard has scored at least 15 points in 14 straight games and is the only NBA reserve to do so this season.

Related Photos
Oklahoma City Thunder's Dennis Schroeder (17) shoots as Charlotte Hornets' Cody Zeller (40) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. The Thunder won in overtime, 104-102. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Oklahoma City Thunder's Dennis Schroeder (17) shoots as Charlotte Hornets' Cody Zeller (40) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. The Thunder won in overtime, 104-102. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

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