Doug McDermott posts first career double-double

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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.

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

Ashley Wijangco

<p>Ashley Wijangco is the owner and editor of The Bulls Charge. She is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in news-editorial journalism, minoring in public relations, and earning a SportMedia certificate with the hopes of becoming a professional sports writer or a sports media professional.<br />  <br /> Born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Ashley grew up as a Bulls fan, eventually becoming a die-hard fan. Her passion for the team then inspired her to pursue a career in sports media, an area she has been involved with since 2012 when she began writing and live-tweeting games for FanSided’s Bulls site, Pippen Ain’t Easy. She is also Kirk Hinrich’s biggest fan and refuses to stop supporting him no matter how unproductive he has become.<br />  <br /> Aside from The Bulls Charge, Ashley is also the co-editor-in-chief for Illio, her school’s yearbook and a columnist at Hoops Addict, a basketball website.</p>

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