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Doug McDermott hits game-winner in Chicago Bulls’ preseason finale

Doug McDermott overcomes poor shooting to hit game-winner, Derrick Rose makes debut after fracturing orbital bone

Doug McDermott stole back the game from Derrick Rose in the Chicago Bulls’ 103-102 preseason victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

The game took place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., which is about an hour from where McDermott played college ball at Creighton. Once Derrick Rose’s return was confirmed for that same game, it became about him — and it didn’t help that Rose started off so much better than McDermott did.

McDermott didn’t score until the 3:40 mark of the fourth quarter when he made a three. Prior to that, he was 0-for-7. Rose, on the other hand, made an immediate impact.

Rose checked in at the point for Kirk Hinrich at the 7:30 mark of the first quarter, and a timeout was called soon afterwards. Coming out of that timeout, Rose showed his new Richard Hamilton-esque face mask hadn’t really affected him–he made a drive to the basket and scored off a tough layup.

Rose went on to make two more shots in his first quarter stint — both of which were driving layups. His presence, just as one would expect, changed the game’s tempo to a quicker one. But, once Rose went back to the bench, the game went downhill for the Bulls.

The Bulls built up a nine-point lead while Rose played in the first period, but, with Rose on the bench, the Mavericks cut the deficit to four, 32-28, by the end of the first quarter.

From there, the Mavericks had the upper hand. They held the Bulls to a 17-point second quarter — the worst scoring quarter of the game — and took the 53-49 halftime lead. Fortunately for the Bulls, they were only down four at halftime. But their comeback needed to be done without Rose, who sat out the entire second half.

The Bulls tied the game at 57 early on in the third quarter, but that was the closest they got to reversing the score until the fourth quarter came along.

McDermott’s three at the 3:40 mark of the fourth quarter gave the Bulls the 92-91 lead, their first since early on in the second quarter. That lead was extended into a six-point lead before the Mavericks went on a late run to challenge the Bulls.

John Jenkins scored six of the Maverick’s final seven points — his last shot being a three that gave the Mavericks a 102-101 lead with five seconds left in the game.

But head coach Fred Hoiberg ran a play for McDermott to end the game, and his left-wing jumper fell through the net to win the game for his team, leaving the Nebraska crowd ecstatic.

McDermott may have shot the game winner, but he also ended the night with just five points on 2-for-10 from the field in 29 minutes. Rose had an efficient eight points on 4-of-6 shooting in just 10 minutes. Taj Gibson led with 16 points and six rebounds. Nikola Mirotic and Tony Snell had 14 points apiece.

The Bulls ended preseason with a 4-4 record. They will open regular season play on Tuesday, Oct. 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7 p.m. central.

Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.