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Despite struggles, McDermott leads bench with double-double in win over Raptors
During Saturday’s 123-118 win over the Toronto Raptors, Doug McDermott shot just 2-for-7 on 3-point field goals. Looking at just that statistic, one might think McDermott had a bad night. But he didn’t.
McDermott overcame his poor 3-point shooting to post his first career double-double, posting 17 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Both numbers led Chicago’s bench.
He didn’t simply settle for jump shots or give up his open looks like he has done at times previously this season. McDermott was aggressive and often drove to the basket.
This was McDermott’s fifth consecutive game with double-digit scoring. He also played 38 minutes to lead the second unit, which was also third-highest on the team behind Jimmy Butler‘s 44 and Dwyane Wade‘s 39.
Overall, the Creighton product went 6-for-17 from the field and made all three of his free throw attempts. McDermott tried a 3-pointer in overtime and missed, only to be fouled by DeMarre Carroll with 2:55 left. The free throws gave the Bulls the lead, acting as the turning point of the period.
With 39 seconds left in the fourth quarter, McDermott made a clutch right-wing 3-pointer after missing a wide-open look beforehand; the shot was Chicago’s last made field goal of regulation, and it was his only make of the quarter.
Doug was huge in last night's win, dropping his first career double-double and hitting clutch shots down the stretch: pic.twitter.com/5Isu4RAYNp
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 8, 2017
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