Dwyane Wade hopeful to play on Saturday

The Nets couldn't get over the hump and slowly, the Bulls inched ahead.

NEW YORK (AP) - The Chicago Bulls could have used Dwyane Wade's leadership late in the fourth quarter. Instead, he was on the bench for a rest in his first game in almost a month. Chicago is in a much more pressure-filled situation and the Bulls need to possibly win out to make the playoffs. "Dwyane Wade plans to return from right elbow injury Saturday vs Brooklyn Nets", he wrote. "It's just my legs". Dinwiddie put the final touches on the game making four free throws in the final 13 seconds. The next player only scores about 11 points per game and that's Taj Gibson, who was traded to the Oklahoma Thunder.

The Magic (28-52) have little to play for other than pride - and confounding the Bulls.

The Bulls have the easiest path to a playoff spot by far when you look at their remaining four games. "I don't care when it is in the year or what the situation is that's a big part of this is just having a great enthusiasm to play and those guys just did".

Mirotic was 6-for-8 from downtown as Chicago (39-40) won for the seventh time in its last 10 games as it attempts to get out of a tie with in at 7 place among Eastern Conference contenders, with idle Miami just half a game ahead. "It's still a team at times that lacks certain things on the court and it affects us". I don't want him to hurry back and re-injure it or make it worse, but I want him out there on the floor, so it's kind of a 'I want you back, but I don't want you to jeopardize anything'. "Unfortunately, we couldn't get it done".

Brooklyn saw a three-game win streak snapped on Thursday when it lost at Orlando, 115-107.

Wade started and played almost 25 minutes.

Instead they failed and never led again after Butler hit two free throws with 1:36 left.

Dinwiddie nailed a three from the left side to tie it. Butler missed a 5-footer, and Hollis-Jefferson made two from the line for the lead.

But I see Ndour, Willy and the bench's strong games as positives; they'll all be of New York's future, and the future is what's most important here.

"Early on you could tell he had a little rust", Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. But we do; we've got to have them. The team had missed 12 straight three-pointers at the beginning of the game until Justin Anderson broke the trend.

Wade is coming back at an opportune time for the Bulls. "Turnovers were obviously an issue for us all game long". "I think we played very smart down the stretch".

In short, Chicago's mission this evening is to come out fast and be forceful at both ends of the floor.

Have all the injuries finally worn down the Sixers or did they just fall victim to a hot Brooklyn Nets team?

Bulls: With two games remaining on the schedule, Hoiberg is unsure whether Rondo will be healthy enough to play Monday night when the Bulls host the Toronto Raptors since the point guard "still has a lot of stiffness in that wrist".

WARRIORS 123 bt PELICANS 101 - Kevin Durant's first touch after missing 19 games with a knee injury? Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot had a team-high 18 points, three boards, three assists, and two steals. The repercussions of Wade's return were apparent in the game.

  • Julie Sanders