CLEVELAND—Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 93-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
Chicago, which has won six straight and 18 of 20, will have home-court advantage through the first three rounds of the playoffs. The Bulls hadn't finished with the best record in the the East since 1997-98, the most recent of their six NBA championships in the Michael Jordan era.
Ronnie Brewer had 12 points while Derrick Rose added 11 points and eight assists for the Bulls.
J.J. Hickson led Cleveland with 22 points and 15 rebounds. The Cavaliers, who had won their previous two games, fell into a tie with Minnesota for the league's worst record.