Jimmy Butler was clutch in the Chicago Bull’s 108-104 road win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. Butler buried two clutch jumpers and added another key steal to help the Bulls to back-to-back wins.
Butler also turned in a great all-around game of 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. But it was also Doug McDermott’s career-high with 31 points that allowed the Bulls to have control for most of the game.
McDermott shot 9-of-16 from the field, with three three-pointers, in 33 minutes of action off the bench. The third-year player from Creighton was 10-of-11 from the free throw line and added 6 rebounds, a steal and a block for his career-game.
Taj Gibson added 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Robin Lopez had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. The Bulls got the road win even without veteran Dwyane Wade, who was rested for this game.
Consistent Chicago after bad start
Chicago scored just 14 points but bounced back in the second with a 38-point quarter. The Bulls got the 52-46 lead at the halftime break. Chicago continued their good play and maintained the slim 78-77 lead entering the final quarter.
The game was close the rest of the way to Memphis threatening for a comeback win late. Clutch baskets from Mike Conley and Zach Randolph allowed the Grizzlies have a chance in the end game.
Conley led the way for the losing side with 28 points and 8 assists while Randolph had 15 points off the bench. Marc Gasol added a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds.
But Butler made the two clutch jumpers with under a minute left and gave the Bulls the win. Chicago has a great chance to stretch their winning streak to three when they face the lowly Dallas Mavericks in their next game.
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