CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 17: Doug McDermott #3 of the Chicago Bulls shoots the ball during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on March 17, 2016 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE via Getty Images)
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March 18, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) Doug McDermott scored 25 points and Jimmy Butler added 22 to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-102 on Thursday night.

It's the third straight 20-plus point game for McDermott as Chicago moved a half-game in front of idle Detroit into eighth place and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Bobby Portis added 12 points and 14 rebounds.

The injury-ravaged Bulls raced to a 24-point lead in the second quarter, then held on and finally finished off the lowly Nets, who outscored Chicago 37-24 in the third and closed to within four points early in the fourth.

Chicago got a season-high 60 points from its reserves, including McDermott's output.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Nets comeback with 26 points one game after scoring career-high 44 points in Brooklyn's 131-114 victory over league-worst Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

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