CHARLOTTE, NC, April 17 (Ticker) -- The Charlotte Hornets may be headed elsewhere, but they certainly have momentum heading into the playoffs.

Jamal Mashburn and Elden Campbell each scored 20 points as the Hornets used some key defensive plays down the stretch for a 112-106 victory over the Chicago Bulls in possibly the final regular-season game at the Charlotte Coliseum.

Charlotte earned the fourth seed and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, where it will meet Orlando. The Hornets won three of four from the Magic this season.

"I feel good about having a chance for fourth place," Hornets guard David Wesley said. "It's amazing to even be in this position after the rollercoaster year we've had. We haven't been playing our best basketball. But I expect we'll come out focused for the playoffs."

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Jamal Mashburn scored nine of his team-high tying 20 points in the decisive fourth quarter.
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The Hornets, who may be on the move to New Orleans after the season, took care of the Bulls for the fourth time this season, but it was not easy.

Rookie Eddy Curry's two free throws pulled Chicago within 107-106 with 53 seconds left and Charlotte faced a key possession. Mashburn found Stacey Augmon for an easy basket and a three-point cushion with 32 seconds left.

"Chicago played hard and gave us all they could," Charlotte coach Paul Silas said. "We had to find a way to win. I can't say enough about Ice (Augmon). He does whatever you ask."

Baron Davis stole a pass from Chicago's Jalen Rose and made 1-of-2 free throws. The Bulls' Travis Best turned it over on the next possession and Mashburn drained two foul shots to seal it.

Chicago played well in the first half and a resounding dunk by rookie Tyson Chandler provided a 53-46 lead with 34 seconds before halftime. Jamal Crawford's basket with 5:24 left in the third quarter kept the lead at 69-62.

Charlotte finally took command and finished the quarter with a 14-6 run for a 76-75 advantage. Mashburn's layup with just over nine minutes remaining gave Charlotte the lead for good at 84-83.

All five Charlotte starters scored in double figures as Davis netted 18 and Wesley added 13. Jamaal Magloire came off the bench and added 13 points and six rebounds.

"I think we can compete with anybody in the East if we play well," Magloire said. "That's why we are not concerned with who we play, whether it's Orlando or anybody else."

Davis played with a sore back and P.J. Brown missed the contest with a left ankle sprain, but Charlotte expects to be ready and healthy for the postseason.

"My back is getting better," Davis said. "I'll definitely be ready for the playoffs. P.J. is a warrior, so I expect he'll be ready to play."

Rose scored 27 points and Marcus Fizer and rookie Trenton Hassell each added 15 for Chicago, which went 16-37 under coach Bill Cartwright to close the season. Rose and Crawford combined for 12 of the team's 22 turnovers.

"Our guys played a good game tonight," Cartwright said. "They did a great job of playing competitive basketball. I'm proud of my team for fighting through these last 10 games."

The Bulls finished with the Eastern Conference's worst record at 21-61 but have hope for the future. Chicago got increased production from teenage rookies Curry and Chandler down the stretch.

Chandler finished with 13 points and nine rebounds while Curry had 11 and eight.

The Hornets have won 13 of the last 15 meetings.