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Bulls vs. Nets final score: Doug McDermott, Jimmy Butler lead Chicago to 118-102 victory

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The Bulls nearly blew a 24-point lead, but a big fourth quarter sealed a win over a miserable Nets team.

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So to be honest, I didn't watch a second of this Bulls game because I didn't think I'd be recapping it, it was the Nets and the NCAA Tournament is going on. But here I am writing this, so it'll be brief.

The Bulls, behind another strong effort from Doug McDermott, ran out to a 24-point lead over the woeful Nets and looked like they were going to cruise to victory. In typical Bulls fashion they nearly blew it, as Brooklyn caught fire and trimmed that lead down to five before McDermott led a 39-point fourth-quarter effort as Chicago took home a 118-102 victory.

McDermott extended his 20-point streak to three games with 25 points (10 in the fourth) on 8-of-16 shooting and 5-of-8 from deep. Doug has oscillated from scorching hot to god awful to scorching hot over the last month, and hopefully he can just settle into some modicum of consistency moving forward with his really huge games outnumbering the duds.

Jimmy Butler had struggled a bit in his return from injury, but he had a really strong game of 22 points and seven assists on 12 shots. Derrick Rose had a rather ho-hum game of 12 points and five dimes, but the Bulls got nice contributions from reserve big men Bobby Portis and Cristiano Felicio (18 points and 24 rebounds combined), and even Aaron Brooks did good stuff and wasn't terrible.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Bulls game without an injury. Surprisingly it wasn't Taj Gibson, who suited up despite a bum hamstring and didn't get hurt again. This time it was E'Twaun Moore with a hammy issue.

The Bulls are now 34-33 and alone in the No. 8 spot. The Pacers lost in OT to the Raptors (muahahahaha), so Chicago is 1.5 games behind Indiana. Next up is the Jazz on Saturday at home.