The National Basketball Association unveiled its full 82-game regular-season schedule on Tuesday night.
Three games will be played on Opening Night on Oct. 29, highlighted by the return of Derrick Rose to the court when his Chicago Bulls visit the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. Rose missed the entire 2012-13 season while recovering from knee surgery and was on the sideline when the Heat eliminated the Bulls in the second round of the playoffs en route to their second straight title.
The Orlando Magic will play at the Indiana Pacers on the Opening Night undercard, and the nightcap features the Staples Center patrons battling one another as the Clippers and Lakers vie for the best team in Los Angeles.
There will five games from coast-to-coast on Christmas Day, starting at noon (et) with the Bulls playing against the new-look Brooklyn Nets, who revamped their roster with title-proven veterans Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks suit up at Madison Square Garden, the Heat visit the Lakers, the Dwight Howard-led Houston Rockets play at the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs, and the Clippers visit the Golden State Warriors in the Christmas Day nightcap.
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