The Bulls are assured of home court advantage through the Eastern Conference playoffs with the top seeding.

"Our growth has been formidable," center Joakim Noah told reporters. "Last year, we qualified for the playoffs on the last day (of the regular season).

"Today, we are the number one seed. That feels pretty good."

Carlos Boozer, a free agent acquisition in the off-season, had 24 points and 11 rebounds Friday, while point guard Derrick Rose had a quiet game with 11 points and eight assists but remains the favorite to capture the league's MVP Award.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)