CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 15 (UPI) -- Derrick Rose struck for 27 points and Joakim Noah added 21 Wednesday as the Chicago Bulls clinched a playoff spot with a 98-89 win over Charlotte.
Chicago is appearing in the playoffs for the fifth time in six years and will face top-seeded Cleveland in the first round.
Charlotte, which has the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, got 16 points and nine rebounds from Tyrus Thomas while Gerald Wallace scored 15 and Stephen Jackson had 14.
The Bobcats will face defending Eastern Conference champion Orlando in the opening round.