Despite being short-handed for weeks, the Chicago Bulls have remained in contention for home-court advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
After earning a key win in that race last time out, the Bulls will try to take advantage of a visit from the lowly Orlando Magic on Friday night.
The Bulls had five players inactive Thursday but managed to earn a 92-90 win at Brooklyn that moved them within 1 1/2 games of the fourth-place Nets.
Carlos Boozer led the way with 29 points and 18 rebounds while Derrick Rose (knee), Joakim Noah (foot), Taj Gibson (knee), Richard Hamilton (back) and Marco Belinelli (abdominal) sat out.
"You got Marco out. Rip out. D-Rose out. Taj out. Guys are just stepping up, man, and that's what teams do. You got Jo out and (Nazr Mohammed) stepping in for him," guard Nate Robinson said. "These guys are coming in and it's like old school wrestling. Tag team. You know when one guy goes in, tag him, the other guy go out. Back and forth. We j...