Bulls first to reach 40 wins

By Rick Gano

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 25 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) drives to the basket as Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Saturday, March 24, 2012. The Bulls won 102-101.

Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls have sidestepped numerous injuries this season and are the first team to reach 40 victories and clinch a playoff berth.

With MVP Derrick Rose sidelined a third time by a different injury, the Bulls have continued to click because players have filled in and their bench has been strong.

Chicago has won four straight and will take a 40-10 record into Monday night's game against Denver. The Bulls have 16 games remaining as they shoot for the NBA's best record for a second straight season.

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