OKC Thunder: Taking a look at the 2012-2013 Thunder schedule
Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers visit Chesapeake Arena on Dec. 7 and March 5.
*Quick start: 16 of first 24 games are at home.
*Early departure: OKC completes its series against Detroit within the first two weeks of the season, hosting the Pistons on Nov. 9 and playing at Detroit on Nov. 12. In other Eastern Conference series, the Thunder is done with Atlanta by Dec. 19, Brooklyn by Jan. 2, Philadelphia by Jan. 4 and Toronto by Jan. 6.
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*Late departure: OKC won't play Orlando until March 15 and completes the series four games later on March 22. Highly unlikely Dwight Howard will still be in a Magic uniform at that time. Thunder doesn't play Milwaukee until March 30 and closes out the regular season against the Bucks on April 17.
*Home Sweet Home: The Thunder's longest home stretch of the season is five straight, from Dec. 7 through Dec. 17. OKC's second-longest homestretch is three games (five times).
*Calm Christmas: Thunder will have four days to prepare for Christmas Day game at Miami. OKC plays at Minnesota on Dec. 20, comes home that night and will leave Dec. 24 for Miami.
*New Year's Eve: For the second straight season, the Thunder hosts Phoenix on New Year's Eve. OKC has never played a New Year's Eve game on the road and is 4-0 at home on Dec. 31.
*Cold January: 11 of 13 games are on the road from Jan. 6-27 and include three back-to-backs.
*Martin Luther King Day: Thunder has yet to play an MLK game at home and will not play on Jan. 21 this season. OU and OSU both play Big Monday games that day.
*Irony: Miami visits on Valentine's Day.
*Ides of March: Thunder has two brutal stretches in March. From March 1-11, it plays seven games with five road games in four time zones. From March 19-30, OKC plays seven games 11 days apart, also in four times zones.