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NBA scores: The Cavaliers rebound in Chicago and 3 other things we learned on Halloween

Cleveland picked up its first win of the season over the Bulls as LeBron was his old self and Derrick Rose had yet another injury scare, plus other observations from around the NBA.

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For Halloween, LeBron James went as LeBron James -- thankfully not the one who showed up for the season opener Thursday night. James rebounded from a terrible showing to put on a vintage performance, as he, Tristan Thompson and a 5-0 run to end regulation helped the Cavaliers pick up a 114-108 overtime win over a shorthanded Bulls team on Friday night.

It's going to be said over and over again as the season progresses, but the Cavs are still a work in progress. They were up by nine in the fourth quarter and should have put the game away, but needed to score the final five points just to send the game to overtime. Once there, James and Thompson took over.

James scored the first six Cavs points in in the extra frame as they led, 106-104, with 46.8 seconds left. He missed a jumper with 24 seconds to go, but Thompson corralled the miss for his 12th offensive rebound of the night and quickly -- and emphatically -- flushed in a dunk to give the Cavs a four point lead and put the finishing touches on the win.

James was the best of the "Big 3," scoring 36 points with eight rebounds and four assists. Not only did James shoot well (14-30), he did a much better job of taking care of the ball -- his three turnovers were a drastic improvement from the eight on opening night. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving put up good-but-not-great performances. Love seemed to disappear for spells, but still finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Plus, he did the little things, picking up a big charge in overtime and throwing outlet passes like it's just another day in the life.

Irving had 23 points and was thrilled to be in the intense environment at the United Center. "Is this, like, similar to what a playoff game feels like?" he was caught saying during the telecast. For the second game of the season, the game did have a playoff feel.

There were other familiarities: Derrick Rose once again left a game due to injury. He was great before leaving the court, scoring 20 points on 8-16 shooting in three quarters before sitting out the fourth and overtime. It appears he is fine, however. An X-Ray came back negative, and Rose will travel with the team to Minnesota for Saturday's game against the Timberwolves.

Kirk Hinrhc tried his best Derrick Rose impression, scoring eight straight points for the Bulls in the fourth quarter to give the Bulls a five-point lead. It wasn't enough as the Cavs answered with the next five points to send the game to extra time. Rose was certainly missed.

It's only two games into the season and both the Cavs and Bulls are now 1-1. But as the season progresses and both teams gel more and more (the Bulls have some new additions as well, remember), it's likely that this game was a preview of the two teams facing off in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Three Other Things We Learned

The West is going to be very, very fun: The Spurs lost to the Suns and the Kings beat the Trail Blazers. What? The Suns outscored the Spurs by 14 in the second half, winning 94-89. Six Suns scored in double figures against the lackluster defending champs. Meanwhile Rudy Gay dropped 40 on the Blazers as the Kings won 103--94. They held the Blazers to 41 percent from the field. The Suns proved their worth last year, but could the Kings be yet another team thinking about the playoffs?

The Clippers are better than the Lakers, but Kobe still brings it in Los Angeles: Kobe doesn't have much to work with this year, but that's not stopping him from turning back the clock when he can. He even dunked:

The Lakers did still lose, though. Blake Griffin had 39 points as the Clippers held off a valiant upset attempt, winning 118-111.

Tanking is still real and it's still awful.

And guess what? Even with that play, the Bucks won this game! It was an ugly, ugly game, but at least both of these teams do have young talent: Jabari Parker (11 points and 10 rebounds) and Nerlens Noel (14 and 10) both put up double doubles, so it wasn't all a waste.

Three Fun Things:

Halloween Fun: Goran Dragic scared the hell out of his teammates, the Bulls announcer called the game as a clown, and ... Shaq?

Mike Dunleavy tried to guard LeBron.

LeBron froze out Dion Waiters.

Play of the Night

The Cavs probably should have won the game in regulation, but let the Bulls stick around even after being up by nine points in the fourth quarter. In overtime, however, Tristan Thompson made sure to close this thing out. After picking up his 12th offensive board of the night, he put a nice finishing touch on the game with a two-handed flush.

Final Scores:

Cleveland Cavaliers 114, Chicago Bulls 108 (Fear the Sword recapBlog a Bull recap)

Memphis Grizzlies 97, Indiana Pacers 89 (Grizzly Bear Blues recapIndy Cornrows recap)

Phoenix Suns 94, San Antonio Spurs 89 (Bright Side of the Sun recapPounding the Rock recap)

Sacramento Kings 103, Portland Trail Blazers 94 (Sactown Royalty recapBlazers Edge recap)

Los Angeles Clippers 118, Los Angeles Lakers 111 (Clips Nation recapSilver Screen and Roll recap)

Milwaukee Bucks 93, Philadelphia 76ers 81 (Brew Hoop recapLiberty Ballers recap)