Bulls magic number remains 1 after Heat defeat Rockets

Bulls magic number remains 1 after Heat defeat Rockets
April 23, 2012, 1:00 am
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Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh watched from the bench as LeBron James scored 32 points to go along with eight rebound and five assists to lead the Miami Heat (46-18) to a 97-88 win over the Houston Rockets Sunday. Norris Cole contributed 16 points.

Miami remains two games behind the Bulls (48-16) for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with two games remaining.

The Bulls next play on Wednesday against the Pacers in Indiana before returning home Thursday to finish the regular season against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Meanwhile, the Heat play the Celtics in Boston Tuesday before finishing against the Wizards in Washington on Thursday.

Just one Bulls win or one Heat loss gives Chicago home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.