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Bulls Drop Summer League Opener

Jimmy Butler shined while Marquis Teague struggled

By Bryan Crawford
|  Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012  |  Updated 9:52 AM CDT
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Bulls Drop Summer League Opener

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Jimmy Butler had a strong performance while rookie Marquis Teague had a forgettable one in their summer league debut Tuesday in Las Vegas.

The Chicago Bulls fell to the Boston Celtics Tuesday in the first of five scheduled summer league games in Las Vegas. The home team dropped the opener 79-74.

Chicago found themselves down to Boston by 21 points at the half but mounted a furious comeback in the second half that fell just a bit short.

Second year forward Jimmy Butler played a great game with 25 points and leading the Bulls second-half comeback. Butler also grabbed seven rebounds, dished out three assists and was aggressive as he continuously got to the free-throw line, going 10-12, all in 36 minutes of action on the floor.

First-round draft pick Marquis Teague didn't fare as well, however.

Teague really struggled in his first taste of NBA action, scoring 8 points in 32 minutes. He shot the ball horribly, going 4-17 from the field and turning the ball over six times while dishing out just a single assist. Not good stats if you're a point guard, no matter the level.

Malcolm Thomas, who played his college ball at San Diego State and also saw action in three games for the San Antonio Spurs last season, was second in scoring behind Butler with 10 points. Thomas led the way with 13 rebounds in 30 minutes.

Former University of Illinois guard Demetri McCamey scored four points in the game.

The Bulls play their next game at 5 p.m. Wednesday against the Houston Rockets.  

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