James, Cavaliers open preseason by beating Magic

Lue rested point guard Kyrie Irving and forward Tristan Thompson

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CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers had a successful start to their title defense preparations.

James played just 13 minutes as the NBA champions opened the exhibition season with a 117-102 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue intends to keep James’ playing time to a minimum during the preseason. The superstar scored seven points and had six assists. Lue also rested point guard Kyrie Irving and forward Tristan Thompson sat out with a stiff left foot.

Jeff Green scored 19 to pace the Magic in their second game under coach Frank Vogel.
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