Chicago Bulls defeat Boston Celtics, 101-93

CHICAGO — Every so often, the scar that runs down Doc Rivers’s right thumb reminds him about the importance of games at the end of the season.

He got the wound on the last day of the 1992-93 season, in a game that was more or less meaningless aside from the fact that the two best teams in the Eastern Conference — his Knicks and Michael Jordan’s Bulls — were playing on national TV.

The Knicks had wrapped up home-court advantage in the playoffs and were sitting on 59 w...

CHICAGO — In the end, the Chicago Bulls were more desperate last night, something the Celtics realized before they even stepped foot on the floor.

Turmoil followed the Bulls throughout the year, bubbling over yesterday with a report that their coach, Vinny del Negro, and executive vice president, John Paxson, got into a shoving match. They needed two wins to clinch the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics were still clinging to the slim possibility o...

CHICAGO—Derrick Rose scored a career-high 39 points, Kirk Hinrich added a season-high 30 and the Chicago Bulls helped their playoff chances with a 101-93 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

The eighth-place Bulls lead Toronto by a game in the Eastern Conference and will make the playoffs as long as they finish with a better record, meaning they need a win at Charlotte on Wednesday or a loss by the Raptors to New York.

Fourth-place Boston, meanwhile, can...