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The Cavaliers fell to 1-1 on the season with a 115-86 loss to the Bulls as Chicago assumed first place in the Central Division, which had all five teams in action Friday night.
Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton paced the Bulls with 19 points apiece, while Nate Robinson chipped in 16 points and 12 assists as Chicago never trailed. The Cavs got 15 points from Kyrie Irving and 12 points from both Anderson Varejao and Alonzo Gee.
The win left the Bulls alone atop the Central Division and the Cavs in a third-place tie with the Pacers, who handed the Bobcats a season-opening 90-89 victory after Charlotte had lost its final 23 games of the 2011-12 season.
In other action around the league, the Clippers dropped the new-look Lakers to 0-3 with a 105-95 win and the Knicks romped over the defending champion Heat, 104-84. James Harden had his second sterling performance in leading the Rockets over the Hawks, 109-102, and the Magic scored a solid home win over the Nuggets, 102-89.
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