NEW YORK — Derrick Rose wasn’t even aware the Chicago Bulls had clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
“I don’t care who we play, where at, whenever,” Rose said. “I’m just happy to be playing.”
And the Bulls are thrilled to have him back.
Chicago clinched at least the fourth-best record in the NBA Eastern Conference with a 113-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night, a victory so complete that Rose couldn’t even get back on the floor in the fourth quarter.
Rookie Nikola Mirotic scored 26 points and Pau Gasol had 22 points and 11 rebounds. Jimmy Butler shot 7-for-10 and scored 17 points for the Bulls, who moved a half-game ahead of Toronto into sole possession of third place in the East.
Rose had 13 points and seven assists but played only 23 minutes because the Bulls were already too far ahead by the time he would’ve gone back for his last stint.
Bojan Bogdanovic led the Nets with 17 points. Brooklyn shot 37 percent, with Deron Williams going 3-for-13.