NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Chicago Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau was given the assignment of coaching the Eastern Conference team at the NBA All-Star Game this month.
The Bulls defeated the Sacramento Kings 121-115 Tuesday night, a decision that assured Chicago of the best Eastern Conference record this season in games through Wednesday.
The Bulls are 24-7 this season, just ahead of Miami's 23-7.
Thibodeau was voted the NBA coach of the year last season after helping Chicago to an NBA-best 62-20 record. The Bulls advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to Miami in five games.
Oklahoma City Coach Scott Brooks was announced as the Western Conference All-Star coach last week. The Thunder have the best record in the Western Conference at 22-6.
The 2012 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 26 in Orlando.