All the Bulls had to do to get in the playoffs was beat a bad Nets team that was resting their best players. Not even the Bulls could screw that up, winning 112-73 to secure a playoff berth.
As expected, this wasn’t a particularly pretty affair. The Nets were an abomination all game (3-of-33 from 3) and the Bulls -- with the #ThreeAlphas back together -- started poorly, but Chicago soon got its act together enough to gradually pull away. The second half could’ve used a running clock.
Paul Zipser sparked the Bulls early with a pair of triples and 10 first-half points en route to a career-high 21 points for the game. Jimmy Butler led the way with 25 points, six boards, four assists, four steals and two blocks.
With the Pacers beating the Hawks, the Bulls finish with the No. 8 seed at 41-41. That means a date with the Celtics in the first round.
I’ll take it, I guess. So, uh, GIF party?!