LeBron James was given a hero’s welcome as he returned to Cleveland and was instrumental in the Los Angeles Lakers 109-105 victory.
James, who left the Cavaliers for the second time in the close season, had 32 points and 14 rebounds on the night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavs looked as if they may nick their third win of the season, but James was part of an 11-point run to put the visitors on top and Kyle Korver missed a three-point shot with less than 20 seconds left.
The Lakers have now won two on the bounce, while the Cavaliers, who appeared in the NBA Finals last season, sit bottom of the Central Division and the league with a 2-14 record.
The Houston Rockets continued their purple patch, with James Harden scoring 43 as they beat the Detroit Pistons 126-124.
The Rockets, who have won five in a row, survived a scare after seeing a lead of 14 with five minutes left in the game cut down to two at the buzzer.
Joel Embiid had a double-double (31 point and 19 rebounds) as the Philadelphia 76ers continued their undefeated streak at home with a 121-120 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Anthony Davis missed a third free throw with 2.5 seconds which could have sent the game into overtime.
Elsewhere, the Charlotte Hornets breezed past the Indiana Pacers 127-109, Kyle Lowry had a triple-double as the Toronto Raptors beat the Atlanta Hawks 124-108 and the New York Knicks downed the Boston Celtics 117-109.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was an assist short of a triple-double as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 143-100, the Chicago Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns 124-116 and the Denver Nuggets were victorious over the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-101.
The Dallas Mavericks prevailed over the Brooklyn Nets 119-113, the Memphis Grizzlies edged the San Antonio Spurs 104-103, and the Sacramento Kings saw off the Utah Jazz 119-110.
The Golden State Warriors lost their fourth game in a row, going down 123-95 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, with Dennis Schroder getting 32 against the Steph Curry-less Warriors.
Klay Thompson followed in the footsteps of Golden State Warriors team-mate Steph Curry by breaking an NBA three-point record as the Chicago Bulls were dispatched on Monday night.
Curry had recently claimed five three-pointers in seven successive matches but Thompson knocked down a record 14 three-pointers in one game as Warriors secured a 149-124 victory.
Top of the Western Conference, Warriors are now on a five-game winning streak, with the Bulls languishing towards the foot of the Eastern Conference.
Denver Nuggets remain closest to the Warriors after a narrow 116-111 win against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Nikola Jokic was the standout player for the Nuggets, the Serb claiming 12 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.
Toronto Raptors were the latest team to be swept aside by the Milwaukee Bucks, who sit top of the Eastern Conference with seven wins from seven and remain the only unbeaten team in the NBA this year.
A 124-109 win for the Bucks means they are enjoying their best start to a season since 1971/72.
LeBron James top-scored for the Los Angeles Lakers – but their poor start to the Western Conference continued with a 124-120 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Meanwhile the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Indiana Pacers 103-93 and the San Antonio Spurs were successful against Texan rivals Dallas Mavericks, winning 113-108.
Elsewhere in the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia 76ers beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-92 while Willie Cauley-Stein’s 26 points helped Sacramento Kings to a 123-113 victory over Miami Heat and the New York Knicks picked up a second win of the season as they saw off the Brooklyn Jets 115-96.
It wasn’t one of LeBron’s best performances – he finished with 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting to go with 10 assists and seven rebounds – but he produced a few highlight plays as usual.
Check out a couple of James’ best moments from the game in the video below, including a self alley-oop off the glass.