Bulls Gore The Nets, 118-102

November 18, 2019

first_imgCHICAGO — Doug McDermott is getting comfortable in his second NBA season — and coming on just when the Chicago Bulls need him.McDermott scored 25 points and Jimmy Butler added 22 to help the Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-102 on March 17.It’s the third straight 20-plus point game for McDermott, and Chicago moved a half-game in front of idle Detroit into eighth place and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Bobby Portis added 12 points and 14 rebounds.McDermott, the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, is pumping in some timely points for an injury-ravaged Bulls team that’s struggling to make the postseason.“His confidence is at a very high level right now,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He’s finding good shots and taking them.“His overall movement is helping us. He’s running off the screen. Sometimes taking a very difficult shot, but he is making them.”The 24-year-old McDermott said he’s getting into a rhythm as Hoiberg puts him in key situations.“Just the belief that the coaches and the guys on the team have in me,” McDermott said. “I got it going early, which always helps, so I just have to build off that.”The Bulls raced to a 24-point lead in the second quarter, then held on and finally finished off the lowly Nets, who outscored Chicago 37-24 in the third and closed within four points early in the fourth.Chicago got a season-high 60 points from its reserves, including McDermott’s output that included five 3-pointers.Bojan Bogdanovic led the Nets comeback with 26 points, one game after scoring a career-high 44 points in Brooklyn’s 131-114 victory over league-worst Philadelphia on March 15.Thaddeus Young added 16 points and pulled down 16 rebounds.The Bulls had little trouble scoring and controlling play in the first half against the Nets. Chicago outshot Brooklyn 49 to 33 percent from the field to roll up a 55-37 lead at the half.Brooklyn clawed back in the third to cut it to 79-74. Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer with 2:18 left in the quarter sliced Chicago’s lead five points.Then Brooklyn closed to four on Chris McCullough’s 3-point shot 2:58 into the fourth.“That’s all effort,” Brooklyn interim coach Tony Brown said. “Our intensity level picked up”But the Bulls used a late run, including key 3 pointers from McDermott and Derrick Rose, to put it away.Chicago had used an 11-0 run in the final 3:26 of the first quarter to take a 24-14 lead. McDermott had the hot hand in the stretch, scoring seven of his points.Chicago kept rolling in the second. Taj Gibson, a game-time decision as a starter, looked happy and healthy with his wide-open hanging dunk that made it 47-23 with 4:24 to go for Chicago’s biggest lead of the night.(MATT CARLSON) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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