April 15, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Cavaliers Vs. Bulls: Chicago Blows Out Cleveland, Gets Win No. 50

The short-handed Chicago Bulls crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers at home on Thursday night to finish off the regular season with a 50-16 record.

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Chicago Bulls Notebook: Back-2-Back Regular Season Champs

The Chicago Bulls will head into the playoffs as the top seed in the East for the second year in a row. We look at how they got there.

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NBA Playoffs 2012: 76ers Guard, Evan Turner, Wants To Face The Bulls

The Chicago Bulls, finishing their regular season schedule on Thursday night, have been the topic of conversation recently, as Philadelphia 76ers SG Evan Turner has officially claimed he would prefer to face the No. 1 seeded Bulls instead of the Miami Heat:

"I think we'll be able to compete well against Chicago," Turner told the Times, "and have an opportunity to win the series."

After catching heat for a few days, Turner said in a tweet Thursday: "And bulls fans: please stop tweeting me about the playoffs. I didn't say anything negative. All I said is we match up better with them."

Regardless of the outcome of Thursday night's game, the Bulls will finish the 2011-12 NBA Season with the best record in the Eastern Conference, and a win guarantees at least a tie with the San Antonio Spurs for the best recording in the league.

The Bulls players responded with comparatively less vigor, as PG Derrick Rose summed their reaction by saying:

"There's been teams that said they want to play us before," Rose said. "So I don't got nothing to say about it."

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Bulls Vs. Mavericks Final Score: Chicago Fends Off Dallas Comeback, Wins 93-83

The Chicago Bulls (48-16) took a dominant lead in the first quarter and then fended off a furious comeback attempt from the Dallas Mavericks (36-29) to win 93-83 on Saturday night.

The Bulls silenced the Mavericks offense in the first quarter, holding them to a 21-8 score, but the Mavericks fought back to take a 56-55 lead with 3:00 remaining in the third quarter. PF Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks' comeback charge as he led the team with 17 points and 7 rebounds. SG Delonte West (13 pts), G Rodrique Beaubois (16 pts) and SG Vince Carter (15 pts) also all crossed into double digits for Dallas, but they could not score enough to outlast a healthy Bulls offense.

The following Bulls players all had double-digit games:

  • PF Carlos Boozer (12 pts, 10 reb)
  • SF Luol Deng (22 pts, 6 reb)
  • PG Derrick Rose (11 pts, 8 pts)
  • SG Richard Hamilton (19 pts)
  • C Joakim Noah (8 pts, 14 reb, 5 offensive reb)
  • SF Kyle Korver (11 pts)

The Bulls will be back in action on Wednesday night when they take on division rival the Indiana Pacers.


Final - 4.21.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Dallas Mavericks 8 30 18 27 83
Chicago Bulls 21 23 22 27 93

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