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Rapid Reaction: Bulls 97, Nets 92

CHICAGO. -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls squeaked out a 97-92 win over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night at the United Center.

How it happened: The Bench Mob came through for the Bulls. Derrick Rose and Luol Deng played about 30 minutes each, so it was up to the Bulls reserves, and they stepped up. Kyle Korver came off the bench to score 19 while Rasual Butler added 10 of his own.

What it means: The Bulls have now assured themselves of at least a tie for the best record in the league. If the San Antonio Spurs lose later tonight, the Bulls will have homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. The better news for the Bulls is that they avoided any serious injuries in the final regular=season game of the year, although Joakim Noah continued to ice his ankle throughout the night.

Stats of the night: The Bulls bench outscored the Nets bench 50-26.

What's next: The Bulls face the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs on Saturday afternoon.