Bulls Tie Spurs For Top Overall Seed In 2011 NBA Playoffs With One Game Remaining

With a win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls moved into a tie with the San Antonio Spurs for the top record in the league just days from the 2011 NBA Playoffs. The Spurs fell to Lakers, knotting Chicago and San Antonio at matching 61-20 records.

If both teams win on Wednesday in the final day of regular season action, a random draw would determine home court advantage in a prospective NBA Finals matchup between the teams. If only one wins, that team would have home court should the teams meet in the Finals.

The Spurs had an opportunity to guarantee at least a tie with Chicago, but Gregg Popovich sat Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Antonio McDyess against the Lakers. Part of the motivation could have been to avoid injury, though note that with two losses to end the season, L.A. could have ended up matched up with San Antonio in the second round.

The Bulls host the Nets on Wednesday. The Spurs visit the Suns.

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