The Chicago Bulls clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference with the Miami Heat’s 78-66 loss to the Boston Celtics, while the Utah Jazz secured the final playoff berth in the National Basketball Association.
The Bulls are tied with the San Antonio Spurs atop the league with a 48-16 record. The Spurs and Bulls each have two games remaining in the regular season, which ends tomorrow, two days before the playoffs begin.
Sasha Pavlovic had 16 points for the Celtics (38-27) at TD Garden in Boston last night. Dexter Pittman scored 12 for the Heat, who played without LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
The Jazz (35-30) defeated the Phoenix Suns (33-32) 100-88 to secure the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Paul Millsap had 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Al Jefferson tallied 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. Jared Dudley and Michael Redd led the Suns with 15 points.
The Los Angeles Lakers (41-24) clinched the Western Conference’s Pacific Division on the Los Angeles Clippers’ 109- 102 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
Joe Johnson led the Hawks (39-26) with 28 points at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Blake Griffin had 36 points for the Clippers (40-25).