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Fast-Break Recap: Chicago Bulls 108, Memphis Grizzlies 104

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Game 42: Chicago Bulls (21-21) defeat Memphis Grizzlies (25-18), 108-104

Jan. 15, 2017
FedExForum – Memphis

Quick Take

With 14 points in the first quarter, the Bulls had a season-low first quarter point total. But Chicago’s 38-point second quarter turned the game around.

Doug McDermott showed flashes of his former Creighton self, playing aggressively and scoring 20 of his 22 first-half points in the second quarter. In fact, McDermott’s shot was falling so often, the Grizzlies’ Twitter posted about him:

But with such a good performance, McDermott led the Bulls the 52-46 halftime lead after trailing by five heading into the second quarter.

Chicago never capitalized on such momentum heading into the second half, though, failing to extend its lead further. Because of that, Vince Carter‘s back-to-back 3-pointers in the latter end of the third quarter cut the Bulls’ lead to three, giving momentum to the Grizzlies.

Mike Conley made a 3-pointer of his own afterward to give Memphis the 70-69 lead, but it couldn’t hold on. Come the end of the third, the Bulls were back on top.

Chicago went on a 4-0 run to open the final quarter but couldn’t separate itself from Memphis. The Grizzlies hung around and managed to tie the game at 89 after a Conley jumper. Zach Randolph tipped the ball in for a 91-89 Memphis lead, but it was very short-lived. Randolph proceeded to foul Robin Lopez on a made basket on the other end of the court; Lopez made the free throw to complete the 3-point play and to give Chicago the 92-91 lead.

Once the Bulls hit 100 points, they had a brief scoring drought, and the Grizzlies took advantage, scoring four straight to tie the game.

The two teams traded baskets to tie the game at 104, but Jimmy Butler buried a 15-footer to give Chicago the lead. Conley tried to counter and take the game back with a 3-pointer, but missed, and then fouled McDermott, who grabbed the rebound. McDermott then made both free throws to seal the game.

Player of the Game

Doug McDermott scored a career-high 31 points to lead all scorers, and he did so by scoring in a variety of ways: off of jumpers and by driving to the basket. Over half of his points came in the second quarter when he led the Bulls’ 38-point quarter.

He got up a team-high 16 field goal attempts, connecting on nine of them. Of his makes, a third of them came from behind the 3-point arc. McDermott was 50 percent on 3-pointers. But he proved his aggressive offense by getting to the charity stripe 11 times, making 10 free throws. One of the free throws even came on a four-point play in the second quarter.

McDermott also added six rebounds, a steal and a block.

Honorable Mentions
Mike Conley did it all Sunday night. He led his team in scoring with 28 points and added five rebounds, a game-high eight assists and two steals.

Key Numbers

35-13
The Grizzlies may have been a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line, but the Bulls had an overwhelming advantage over them, getting there 35 times — nearly three times as many times as the Grizzlies did. This came as a result of Memphis committing 22 fouls.

11-4
Memphis made up a bit for its lack of free throws by making over twice as many 3-pointers as Chicago did. The Grizzlies did shoot poorly from downtown at 11-for-32, but that still managed to best the Bulls’ 4-of-17 on 3-pointers.

24-18
The Bulls may have won, but it wasn’t because of their ball movement. Chicago couldn’t even hit 20 assists, while Memphis dished out six more assists.

Injury Report

No Bulls missed the game because of an injury, but Nikola Mirotic was out with strep throat. Dwyane Wade sat out the game to rest, as it was the tail end of a back-to-back.

Looking Forward

The Bulls play the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday at the United Center at 7 p.m. central.

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




Ashley Wijangco
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.   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.   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.
http://ashleywijangco.com

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