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Sliding Magic drop another

Eddy Curry scored 22 points and Kirk Hinrich added 18 points and nine assists, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 105-90 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

Grant Hill scored 16 points for Orlando, which lost its third straight overall and fifth straight on the road. Steve Francis finished with 12 points on 3-for-12 shooting, and Dwight Howard had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Bulls erased an early seven-point deficit with a 19-2 run in a five-minute span of the first quarter. Curry scored 11 points in the opening period and Hinrich added eight points.

The Bulls closed out the second quarter with an 11-3 run. Ben Gordon and Hinrich hit 3-pointers to help Chicago to a 60-37 lead at the break. Hinrich led Chicago with 16 points and five assists in the half, and Curry added 15 points and five rebounds. Because of the large deficit, Hill and Francis sat out the entire fourth quarter.

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MAGIC ACTIVATE CATO: Center Kelvin Cato, who missed 10 games with a dislocated shoulder, was activated from the injured list and forward Michael Bradley was placed on the injured list because of a strained hamstring. Cato is averaging 7.7 points and 8.9 rebounds in 14 games.