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LeBron sends Cavs to another rout

CLEVELAND — LeBron James had a triple double — the 15th of his career in a playoff game — and the Cavaliers stayed postseason perfect through 10 games with a 108-89 victory over the Raptors on Thursday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final.

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James had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Cavs became the fourth team in NBA history to start 10-0 in the playoffs, joining the Lakers (1989, 2001) and Spurs (2012). Only the second Lakers team won an NBA title, and the Cavs are now two wins from appearing in their second straight NBA Finals and trying to end the city's 52-year sports championship drought.

James moved into fourth in all-time postseason scoring, passing Shaquille O'Neal (5,250). Ahead are Kobe Bryant (5,640), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) and Michael Jordan (5,987).

Kyrie Irving scored 26 and Kevin Love 19 for Cleveland.

The Raptors managed to hang around longer than in Game 1, when they were blown out by 31. They host Game 3 on Saturday night.

Magic, Vogel agree

ORLANDO — The Magic moved quickly to fill its coaching vacancy, agreeing to a deal with Frank Vogel a week after the position suddenly became available. The deal reportedly will become final this afternoon.

Vogel, 42, replaces Scott Skiles, who surprisingly resigned May 12. Vogel is a proven head coach with playoff experience having led the Pacers the last five full seasons.

Orlando CEO Alex Martins and general manager Rob Hennigan had said they wanted a coach who has strong defensive principles and can connect with the players.

Vogel succinctly fits what the Magic sought. His Pacer teams were usually one of the top defensive clubs, finishing in the top six in field goal percent defense in each of his five full seasons. The Pacers were also top 10 in the league in defensive efficiency under Vogel.

He inherits one of the youngest rosters in the NBA, but also one stocked with talent. The Magic is building around young players like Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, Victor Oladipo and Efrid Payton.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns and Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis were unanimously selected to the All-Rookie first team, each getting 130 first-team votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada. Also on the first team: Suns guard Devin Booker, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and 76ers center Jahlil Okafor. … The Bucks were the victims of a recent, serious security breach in which players' 2015 Internal Revenue Service W-2 information, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, compensation figures and dates of birth, were disclosed to an unknown party.

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