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Chicago reaches highest win total in seven years

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Eddy Curry had 25 points, Kirk Hinrich added 22 and the Chicago Bulls reached their highest win total in seven years with a 97-84 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the
Blazers, who are 0-4 under interim coach Kevin Pritchard.

The Bulls (31-27) surpassed the 30-win mark for the first time
since their last championship season of 1997-98. Chicago, which
last won in Portland on Jan. 29, 1998, has suffered through six
consecutive losing seasons, but appears to be on the way to the
playoffs. The Bulls are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference
with 24 games left.

The Blazers, headed in the other direction, are making the
transition to younger players since the firing of Maurice Cheeks on
March. 2.

Second-year player Travis Outlaw had a career-high 17 points,
and rookie point guard Sebastian Telfair and Damon Stoudamire added
13 apiece for Portland, which has lost six straight and 11 of 13.

Tyson Chandler had nine points and 13 rebounds and Andres Nocioni scored 14 points for the Bulls.

Curry also had eight rebounds in 33 minutes.

Chicago trailed for most of the game, until Portland wilted in
the fourth. The Blazers were plagued by turnovers all night --
finishing with 22 -- and then stagnated on the offensive end in the
final 10 minutes.

Hinrich made a jumper to extend the Bulls' lead to 78-73, their
largest margin of the game, with 7:30 left. After Portland cut the
deficit three, Chris Duhon made a 3-pointer and Nocioni capped a
9-0 run with a dunk to ice the game.

With Zach Randolph and Nick Van Exel sitting out their fourth
consecutive games with knee injuries, Portland lacked depth and it
showed.

Joel Przybilla, struggling with an 0-of-7 shooting night, played
39 minutes. Telfair, who rarely played more than 20 under Cheeks
played 36.

With a 95-90 victory over visiting Milwaukee on Monday, the
Bulls ended a three-game losing streak.

Game notes
The Bulls beat Portland 92-87 in Chicago on Dec. 20. ...
The Blazers fell to 14-15 at home this season. ... Portland was
27-of-33 from the free-throw line.