Full 2012-2013 NBA television schedule for NBA TV and TNT announced

Oh and in case you forgot or didn’t see my piece on LeBron…it’s something that had to be said…

TNT’s 2012-13 NBA regular season schedule to feature multiple Appearances by NBA champion Heat, Thunder, Knicks, Lakers, Clippers, Celtics and Mavericks.

NBA TV pens with Oct. 31 doubleheader including Hornets in Anthony Davis’ rookie debut vs. Spurs at 8 p.m. ET and Trail Blazers vs. Lakers at 10:30 p.m. Schedule includes Rockets’ Jeremy Lin returning to New York vs. Knicks Dec. 17.

NBA Season Tips Off October 30 Exclusively on TNT with Miami Hosting Boston; Dallas at L.A. Lakers…

Turner Sports, marking its 29th year of NBA coverage, today announced that TNT will televise 52 games during the 2012-13 NBA regular season including 10 appearances by the NBA champion Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder; nine appearances by the Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers; and eight appearances by the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks. TNT recorded its highest-rated and most-viewed NBA regular season ever last year and the network has generated five straight seasons of growth among viewers and households.

For the 11th consecutive year, the NBA season will exclusively open on TNT with a doubleheader Tuesday, Oct. 30, featuring the Heat and Finals MVP LeBron James hosting the Celtics and Kevin Garnett at 8 p.m. ET. TNT’s coverage will include Miami’s championship ring ceremony during the one-hour TNT NBA Tip-Off ’12 presented by AutoTrader.com pre-game show at 7 p.m. In the second game, the Lakers and offseason acquisition Steve Nash will host the Mavericks, the 2011 NBA champion led by Dirk Nowitzki, at 10:30 p.m.

TNT’s opening week coverage will also include a Thursday doubleheader, Nov. 1, with the home debut of the Brooklyn Nets, led by Deron Williams, against the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony at 7 p.m., followed by a Western Conference Finals rematch when the Thunder and Kevin Durant visit the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan at 9:30 p.m. TNT will televise 20 Thursday night NBA doubleheaders this season.

Additional schedule highlights (full schedule listed below):

 

Dec. 6 – an Eastern Conference rivalry game when the Heat host the Knicks at 8 p.m.

Dec. 13 – the Lakers and Kobe Bryant meeting the Knicks at Madison Square Garden at 8 p.m.

Dec. 20 – a 2011 NBA Finals rematch between the Heat and Mavericks at 9:30 p.m.

Dec. 27 – a showdown of elite NBA point guards when the Celtics and Rajon Rondo visit the Clippers and Chris Paul at 10:30 p.m.

Jan. 17 – a doubleheader beginning with the Clippers facing the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Love at 8 p.m., a matchup which has recently generated close outcomes and standout individual performances, followed by the Heat visiting the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.

Jan. 21 – a special Martin Luther King Day doubleheader including the Spurs visiting the Philadelphia 76ers at 7 p.m., followed by the Chicago Bulls hosting the Lakers at 9:30 p.m.

Feb. 7 – storied franchises meeting in a rivalry game when the Celtics host the Lakers at 8 p.m.

Feb. 14 – a Valentine’s Day doubleheader beginning with a Finals rematch between the Heat and Thunder at 8 p.m., followed by a Los Angeles showdown between the Lakers and Clippers at 10:30 p.m.

Feb. 21 – the Chicago Bulls and Luol Deng facing the Heat at 8 p.m.

March 5 & 7 – consecutive appearances by the Thunder when they host the Lakers on March 5 at 9:30 p.m. then visit the Knicks on March 7 at 8 p.m.

March 14 – an intra-state clash when the Mavericks visit the Spurs at 8 p.m.

March 26 – an Eastern Conference rivalry game when the Celtics host the Knicks at 7 p.m.

April 2 – a marquee doubleheader opening with the Heat hosting the Knicks at 8 p.m., followed by the Mavericks visiting the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.

April 4 – in TNT’s second doubleheader of the week, the Bulls visiting the Nets at 7 p.m., followed by the Thunder hosting the Spurs at 9:30 p.m.

April 11 – the Knicks and Bulls, both anticipated playoff contenders, meeting at 8 p.m.

 

Additionally, TNT will serve as the exclusive home of NBA All-Star 2013 including NBA All-Star Friday (Feb. 15), NBA All-Star Saturday (Feb. 16), and the 2013 NBA All-Star Game (Feb. 17) in Houston. TNT will also exclusively televise the NBA Eastern Conference Finals this season.

The NBA on TNT’s marquee roster of NBA announcers includes five-time NBA champion Steve Kerr, Hall of Famer Reggie Miller and Mike Fratello, one of the most successful head coaches in NBA history, as game analysts; play-by-play commentators Marv Albert, Dick Stockton and Kevin Harlan; and reporters David Aldridge and Craig Sager. TNT’s Sports Emmy Award-winning studio show includes host Ernie Johnson and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal and two-time NBA champion Kenny Smith.

NBA TV’s Schedule

NBA TV today announced its 2012-13 NBA regular-season schedule will feature 96 live regular season games beginning with the New Orleans Hornets, in the highly-anticipated debut of rookie Anthony Davis, facing the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan on Wednesday, October 31, at 8 p.m. ET. The network’s Wednesday doubleheader will also include the Los Angeles Lakers, with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, hosting the Portland Trail Blazers and LaMarcus Aldridge at 10:30 p.m. The 2012-13 regular season schedule was unveiled tonight exclusively on NBA TV.

 

NBA TV’s opening week schedule includes (full regular-season schedule listed below):

 

Date Day Time (ET) Game
October 31 Wednesday 8 p.m. San Antonio at New Orleans
    10:30 p.m. Portland at L.A. Lakers
November 3 Saturday 7:30 p.m. Denver at Miami
    10:30 p.m. Golden State at L.A. Clippers

 

Additionally, NBA TV will feature the Houston Rockets’ Jeremy Lin’s only return to Madison Square Garden this season to face his former New York Knicks team Monday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

 

NBA TV will build on a record-setting 2011-12 season, the network’s most-viewed ever, with a 2012-13 regular-season schedule featuring 20 doubleheaders and up to nine appearances by the NBA champion Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Knicks, Lakers, L.A. Clippers, Boston Celtics, Spurs, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz; up to eight appearances by the Trail Blazers; and up to seven appearances by the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and Hornets.

 

NBA TV schedule highlights include (all times ET):

 

  • Nov. 5 – the Nets’ first appearance on the network since moving to Barclays Center, hosting the Timberwolves and Kevin Love at 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 23 – the defending Western Conference champion Thunder and Kevin Durant visiting the Celtics and Kevin Garnett at 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 28 – a doubleheader featuring several of the league’s premier point guards when the Celtics host the Nets at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Timberwolves visiting the Clippers at 10:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 29 – the top two picks in the 2012 NBA Draft and former Kentucky teammates facing off when the Hornets and Davis visit the Bobcats and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 2 – the past two NBA champions meeting when the Heat host the Mavericks at 7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 21 – a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day game with the Knicks hosting the Nets at 3:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 13 – a doubleheader featuring the Celtics and Rajon Rondo hosting the Bulls and Luol Deng at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Rockets and Lin visiting the Clippers and Chris Paul at 10:30 p.m.
  • March 11 – a 2012 Western Conference Finals rematch, as the Spurs host the Thunder at 8:30 p.m.
  • April 12 – the Heat and offseason acquisition Ray Allen facing his former team, the Celtics, at 7:30 p.m.

 

For the fifth consecutive year, NBA TV’s popular Fan Night will return on Tuesdays throughout the season beginning Nov. 6. NBA fans will once again have the opportunity to vote via NBA.com, NBA Mobile, the NBA Facebook page and Yahoo.com for the game they most want to see on NBA TV.

 

2012-13 NBA TV Regular Season Schedule

(All Times Eastern)

 

Date Time (ET) Game
Wed., October 31 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Hornets
  10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers
Sat., November 3 7:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Miami Heat
  10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at L.A. Clippers
Sun., November 4 6 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Toronto Raptors
Mon., November 5 7:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Brooklyn Nets
Tues., November 6   Fan Night
Mon., November 12 7 p.m. Utah Jazz at Toronto Raptors
Tues., November 13   Fan Night
Sun., November 18 6 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers
Mon., November 19 7:30 p.m. Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks
Tues., November 20   Fan Night
Fri., November 23 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Boston Celtics
Sat., November 24 10 p.m. Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings
Mon., November 26 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Memphis Grizzlies
Tues., November 27   Fan Night
Wed., November 28 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics
  10:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at L.A. Clippers
Fri., November 30 7:30 p.m. Washington  Wizards  at New York Knicks
Sat., December 1 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat
  10:30 p.m. Sacramento Kings at L.A. Clippers
Sun., December 2 9:30 p.m. Orlando Magic at L.A. Lakers
Mon., December 3 8 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Hornets
Tues., December 4   Fan Night
Sat., December 8 7 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Charlotte Bobcats
  10 p.m. Sacramento Kings at Portland Trail Blazers
Sun., December 9 7:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at New York Knicks
Mon., December 10 7 p.m. Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers
Sat., December 15 9 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Utah Jazz
Mon., December 17 7:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at New York Knicks
Tues., December 18   Fan Night
Fri., December 21 7:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks
Wed., December 26 9 p.m. New York Knicks at Phoenix Suns
Fri., December 28 8:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Dallas Mavericks
Sat., December 29 7 p.m. New Orleans Hornets at Charlotte Bobcats
  10:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors
Tues., January 1   Fan Night
Wed., January 2 7:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat
Tues., January 8   Fan Night
Sun., January 13 9 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers
Mon., January 14 8 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls
Tues., January 15   Fan Night
Sat., January 19 8 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago Bulls
Mon., January 21 3:30 p.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks
Tues., January 22   Fan Night Doubleheader
Wed., January 23 8 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets
Sat., January 26 7 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards
  9:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Utah Jazz
Mon., January 28 7:30 p.m. Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets
Tues., January 29   Fan Night 
Sat., February 2 8 p.m. New Orleans Hornets at Minnesota Timberwolves
Sun., February 3 1 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Boston Celtics
Mon., February 4 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder
Tues., February 5   Fan Night
Sat., February 9 10 p.m. Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings
Mon., February 11 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Chicago Bulls
Tues., February 12   Fan Night Doubleheader
Wed., February 13 7:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics
  10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at L.A. Clippers
Tues., February 19   Fan Night
Sat., February 23 7 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic
Mon., February 25 9 p.m. Boston Celtics at Utah Jazz
Tues., February 26   Fan Night
Sat., March 2 7 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Philadelphia 76ers
  10 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Portland Trail Blazers
Mon., March 4 8 p.m. Miami Heat at Minnesota Timberwolves
Tues., March 5   Fan Night
Sat., March 9 7:30 p.m. Utah Jazz at New York Knicks
  10:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Golden State Warriors
Sun., March 10 7 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves
Mon., March 11 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
Tues., March 12   Fan Night
Fri., March 15 8 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets
Fri., March 15 10:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Golden State Warriors
Sat., March 16 7:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Philadelphia 76ers
  10 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Utah Jazz
Tues., March 19   Fan Night
Mon., March 25 7 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers
  10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Golden State Warriors
Sat., March 30 10 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Phoenix Suns
Sun., March 31 7 p.m. Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs
Mon., April 1 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies
  10:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers at L.A. Clippers
Wed., April 3 9 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz
Sun., April 7 9 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers
Tues., April 9   Fan Night Doubleheader
Fri., April 12 7:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Miami Heat
  10 p.m. Oklahoma City at Portland Trail Blazers
Sat., April 13 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies
Sun., April 14 6 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Hornets
  9:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at L.A. Lakers
Mon., April 15 8 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Dallas Mavericks
  10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors

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