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Kirk Hinrich did plenty to help the Bulls' offense, but it was his work on defense that impressed his coach.

Hinrich scored 18 points and had nine assists, and Eddy Curry added 22 points in Chicago's 105-90 victory over the Magic on Saturday night.

Hinrich has figured out how to guard Orlando's Steve Francis, who was held to 12 points on 3-for-12 shooting. Cuttino Mobley was also kept in check, scoring six points on 2-of-10 shooting.

"Francis is right up there one on one with one of the hardest guys to guard, and for whatever reason Kirk has been able now to keep him in front and make him take tougher shots," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said.

Grant Hill scored 16 points for Orlando, which lost its third straight overall and fifth straight on the road.

"It was tough," Francis said. "There's nothing you can really say. We didn't play hard. And it started with the starters."

HEAT 113, BOBCATS 90: Dwyane Wade used an array of dunks and a spectacular blind over-the-shoulder flip to score 26 points and lead the Heat to their 14th straight win. Wade made 11 of 16 shots and added nine assists for the Heat, who have the NBA's longest winning streak this season. Miami turned the game into a blowout with a 27-12 third-quarter burst. Shaquille O'Neal added 16 for Miami.

Around the league

BLAZERS: Forward Zach Randolph (right knee tendinitis) and center Theo Ratliff (left shoulder bursitis) sat out against the Warriors.

GOLDEN STATE: Guard Jason Richardson sat out against the Blazers because of a sprained left ankle. Richardson was injured during practice on Friday and is day-to-day. X-rays of his ankle were negative.

GRIZZLIES: Forward Brian Cardinal was activated and forward Ryan Humphrey went on the injured list.

KNICKS: Penny Hardaway was activated after missing 14 games because of a strained right hamstring.

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