Bulls earn home-court advantage

Updated: April 14, 2011, 10:59 AM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls have the best record in the NBA at 62-20 and will have home-court advantage throughout the postseason.

The Bulls came into Wednesday night tied with the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the league, but after knocking off the New Jersey Nets 97-92 and watching the Spurs lose to the Phoenix Suns 106-103, the Bulls picked up the overall top spot. This is the fifth time in the franchise's history the Bulls have finished with the top overall record in the league. The other four times they accomplished the feat ('91-92, '95-96, '96-97 and '97-98) they went on to win a title.

The Bulls are 28-1 overall while holding home-court advantage in a playoff series. Despite the figures, Bulls center Joakim Noah doesn't think it will change how his team approaches the games.

"It's great, 62 is a high number," Noah said after Wednesday night's win. "We're definitely happy about it, but we're not satisfied. We don't want it to end here. Now it's a new season. It was a helluva season. All 15 affected the game. We got a great group and it's really exciting."

The Bulls open the Eastern Conference Playoffs on Saturday afternoon against the Indiana Pacers.

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.

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