Carlos Boozer scored 22 points and the Chicago Bulls clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference with a 93-82 victory Friday over the host Cleveland Cavaliers.
It’s the first time the Bulls will finish with the East’s best record since 1997-98, which was also the last time the Bulls won an NBA championship.
The Bulls clinched the top seed on the floor of the team that earned it each of the last two years, but times are obviously much different now for the Cavs, the East’s worst team.
J.J. Hickson had 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Daniel Gibson and Ramon Sessions combined for 27 points off the bench.
The Cavs pulled within 60-57 on a Hickson dunk with 7:05 left in the third quarter, but the Bulls scored the game’s next 10 points to take command. Rose’s driving layup near the end of the quarter put the Bulls up 15 and they weren’t threatened in the fourth quarter.