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Oklahoma City Thunder to open season on road

Thunder's first home game is Nov. 3 against Phoenix.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: August 6, 2013

The second of two six-game home stands also is scheduled to commence immediately after the break, keeping the Thunder at home from Feb. 20-March 4. The first six-game home stand runs from Nov. 18-Dec. 1.

Oklahoma City's longest road trip is four games, a relatively trouble-free trek that starts in Houston on April 4, swings through Phoenix and Sacramento and concludes in Los Angeles against the Clippers on April 9.

Fifty of the Thunder's games have a day in between, while another 14 games offer a two-day breather.

The Thunder has five three-game road trips, eight two-game trips and six one-game trips. In other words, 22 of the Thunder's 41 road games are either one- or two-game trips.

As if the schedule-maker wasn't kind enough to Oklahoma City, the Thunder will again be featured prominently in marquee matchups in prime time spots.

OKC received 24 national television games on ESPN (10), TNT (10) and ABC (four). Another six are scheduled for NBA TV. The Thunder's 30, if you count NBA TV games as nationally televised, ranks OKC third behind Chicago and New York (33 apiece) for the league's most national appearances this year.

None will be bigger for OKC than the Thunder's trip to New York to take on the Knicks on Christmas Day. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Central. The Thunder is 2-1 in Christmas Day games, winning at home in 2010 against Denver and in 2011 against Orlando before falling at Miami last year.

For the sixth straight season, the Thunder also will host a New Year's Eve game. This year's contest will be against Portland at 7 p.m. OKC is 5-0 in New Year's Eve games.

Other home games of note include San Antonio on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and Thursday, April 3; Houston on Sunday, Dec. 29, and Tuesday, March 11; Chicago making its lone visit on Dec. 19; Miami on Thursday, Feb. 20; and Brooklyn on Jan. 2.

The Thunder also will host both Los Angeles teams two times apiece this season. The Clippers will play inside Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Feb. 23. The Lakers come to town Friday, Dec. 13, and Thursday, March 13.

Oklahoma City's regular-season finale will be played at home on Wednesday, April 16, against the Detroit Pistons.

Single-game tickets for the entire regular season will go on sale at a later date.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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