CHICAGO, April 19 (Ticker) -- The Chicago Bulls could prepare themselves for Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal.

Ben Gordon scored 24 points as the Bulls clinched the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference with a 127-106 rout of the Toronto Raptors in the regular-season finale for both teams.

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Luol Deng added 21 points, Kirk Hinrich 17 and 10 assists and Andres Nocioni 14 and 11 rebounds for Chicago (41-41), which closed the regular season by winning six straight and 10 of its last 11 games.

"It means a lot to make the playoffs my first two years in the NBA," Gordon said. "We felt pressure to make it back after last year. Most importantly though it what we wanted to do as a team."

Chicago's hot finish set up a first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat. The Heat won two of three meetings during the regular season, although the Bulls clinched a playoff spot with a 117-93 victory at Miami on Sunday.

"This will be a tough matchup for us, so we have to play our game and just give ourselves a chance to win at the end," Deng said.

Holding a 68-58 lead at the half, the Bulls took control of the game in the third quarter by making 14-of-22 shots. Gordon scored 14 points in the period that ended with the Bulls holding a commanding 103-78 advantage.

"I felt like we did what we had to do," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "We did come out with alot of energy. Overall, it was a well played game."

Chicago shot 54 percent (44-of-90) and held a commanding 57-40 rebounding advantage.

Morris Peterson and rookie Charlie Villanueva scored 29 points apiece for the Raptors (27-55), which lost 12 of its final 13 games.

"I didn't want the season over so soon," Villanueva said. "Next year I will come back ready, I'm not a rookie anymore. I learned a lot starting out 1-15 and digging out of that hole. It was a tough year though."