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Posted by Ben Cafardo on July 26, 2012

ABC & ESPN 2012-13 NBA Schedule

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Blockbuster Christmas Day includes Thunder/Heat Finals Rematch, Two Games at L.A.’s Staples Center

ESPN’s multiplatform coverage of the 2012-13 NBA season will include 90 games, highlighted by 15 exclusive ABC broadcasts and 75 national ESPN telecasts. The 90-game schedule features flexible scheduling, allowing fans to see the most compelling matchups. All ESPN games will also be available on ESPN Mobile TV and WatchESPN. ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes will also have coverage throughout the season. In addition, Kia NBA Countdown will generally preview ABC and ESPN games or doubleheaders 30 minutes prior to game time.

ABC & ESPN Combine for Five Christmas Day Games

ABC and ESPN will combine to present a five-game Christmas Day blockbuster schedule, headlined by an ABC doubleheader featuring the Miami Heat and LeBron James hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant in an NBA Finals rematch at 5:30 p.m. ET.  The doubleheader will begin with the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony visiting the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash at 3 p.m. in one of two ABC/ESPN games from the Staples Center on Christmas Day.

Christmas Day will tip off on ESPN when the Boston Celtics and Rajon Rondo visit the new-look Brooklyn Nets and Deron Williams – the first-ever Christmas Day game in Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center –  at 12 p.m. Additionally, ESPN will televise a prime-time doubleheader, starting with the Houston Rockets and Jeremy Lin visiting the Chicago Bulls and Joakim Noah at 8 p.m., followed by the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul hosting the Denver Nuggets and Ty Lawson – the second game of the day emanating from the Staples Center.

Christmas Day

Time (ET) Game Network
12 p.m. Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets ESPN, ESPN Mobile TV, WatchESPN
2:30 p.m. Kia NBA Countdown ABC
3 p.m. New York Knicks at L.A. Lakers ABC
5:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat ABC
8 p.m. Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls ESPN, ESPN Mobile TV, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at L.A. Clippers ESPN, ESPN Mobile TV, WatchESPN

 

ESPN’s NBA Schedule to Tip-Off with Star-Studded Doubleheader Nov. 2  

ESPN’s coverage of the 2012-13 NBA season will tip off with a doubleheader Friday, Nov. 2, when the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat – led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – visit the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony at 8 p.m. In the nightcap, the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant will “host” the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul at 10:30 p.m. Both games will be available across ESPN platforms with the Kia NBA Countdown – one-hour edition – show previewing the action at 7 p.m.

ABC schedule highlights

  • 15 exclusive broadcasts;
  • Christmas Day blockbuster doubleheader: New York Knicks at Los Angeles Lakers at 3 p.m.; Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat at 5:30 p.m.;
  • Multiple appearances by the NBA’s biggest superstars, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony;
  • Six appearances by the Los Angeles Lakers, five appearances each by the Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder;
  • The first-ever regular season ABC appearances by the Los Angeles Clippers (four games);
  • Eastern Conference Finals rematch – Miami Heat at Boston Celtics –  featuring Ray Allen’s return to Boston on Jan. 27;
  • Kobe vs. LeBron: Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat Feb. 10;
  • Six doubleheaders – Dec. 25, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, March 3, March 10, April 7;
  • Kia NBA Countdown pregame show 30 minutes prior to every ABC game or doubleheader.

ESPN schedule highlights

  • 75 national telecasts;
  • Three Christmas Day games, including Boston at Brooklyn at 12 p.m., plus a primetime doubleheader – Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls at 8 p.m. and Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles. Clippers at 10:30 p.m.;
  • ESPN’s opening night Fri, Nov 2: Miami Heat at New York Knicks at 8 p.m.; Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers at 10:30 p.m.;
  • Multiple appearances by the NBA’s biggest superstars, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony;
  • Six teams with 10 appearances (the maximum allowed): Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder;
  • New-look Brooklyn Nets to appear nine times, including two games against the New York Knicks (Dec. 11, Dec. 19);
  • Multiple appearances by the Boston Celtics (9), San Antonio Spurs (9) and Dallas Mavericks (7);
  • Special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day game – Indiana Pacers at Memphis Grizzlies – Mon. Jan. 21;
  • Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers Feb. 20, at 10:30 p.m.;
  • Eastern Conference Finals rematch – Miami Heat at Boston Celtics – March 18 at 8 p.m.;
  • 31 doubleheaders;
  • Kia NBA Countdown pregame show 30 minutes prior to most ESPN games or doubleheaders.

2012-13 ABC NBA Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game
Tue, Dec. 25 3 p.m. New York Knicks at L.A. Lakers
5:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat
Sun, Jan. 27 1 p.m. Miami Heat at Boston Celtics
3:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at L.A. Lakers
Sun, Feb. 10 1 p.m. L.A. Clippers at New York Knicks
3:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Miami Heat
Sun, Feb. 24 1 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Dallas Mavericks
Sun, March 3 1 p.m. Miami Heat at New York Knicks
3:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at L.A. Clippers
Sun, March 10 1 p.m. Boston Celtics at Oklahoma City Thunder
3:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at L.A. Lakers
Sun, March 17 3:30 p.m. New York Knicks at L.A. Clippers
Sun, April 7 1 p.m. New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder
3:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers
Sun, April 14 1 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat

 

2012-13 ESPN NBA Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game
Fri, Nov. 2 8 p.m. Miami Heat at New York Knicks
10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers
Wed, Nov. 7 8 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at New Orleans Hornets
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at L.A. Clippers
Fri, Nov. 9 10:30 p.m. Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets
Wed, Nov.14 8 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder
10:30 p.m. Miami Heat at L.A. Clippers
Fri, Nov.16 7 p.m. Utah Jazz at Philadelphia 76ers
9:30 p.m. New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies
Wed, Nov.21 7:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder
Fri, Nov.30 10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at L.A. Lakers
Wed, Dec. 5 8 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Atlanta Hawks
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at L.A. Clippers
Fri, Dec. 7 7 p.m. Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers
9:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder
Tue, Dec. 11 7 p.m. New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets
9:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Chicago Bulls
Wed, Dec. 12 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz
Fri, Dec. 14 8 p.m. Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets
10:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Denver Nuggets
Wed, Dec. 19 7 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks
9:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Memphis Grizzlies
Tue, Dec. 25 12 p.m. Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets
8 p.m. Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at L.A. Clippers
Fri, Jan. 4 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat
10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers
Wed, Jan. 9 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at San Antonio Spurs
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at L.A. Clippers
Fri, Jan. 11 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at L.A. Lakers
Wed, Jan. 16 8 p.m. Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks
10:30 p.m. Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors
Fri, Jan. 18 7 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics
9:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks
Mon, Jan. 21 1 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Memphis Grizzlies
Fri, Jan. 25 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks
Sun, Jan. 27 6:30 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks
Wed, Jan. 30 8 p.m. Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets
10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Phoenix Suns
Fri, Feb. 1 7 p.m. Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers
9:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves
Wed, Feb. 6 9 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Minnesota Timberwolves
Fri, Feb. 8 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Miami Heat
10:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Utah Jazz
Sun, Feb. 10 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Brooklyn Nets
Wed, Feb. 20 8 p.m. New Orleans Hornets at Cleveland Cavaliers
10:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at L.A. Lakers
Fri, Feb. 22 8 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors
Sun, Feb. 24 7 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Brooklyn Nets
9:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder
Wed, Feb. 27 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors at New York Knicks
10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers
Fri, March 1 8 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Miami Heat
  10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver Nuggets
Sun, March 3 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers
Wed, March 6 9 p.m. Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs
Fri, March 8 8 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
Wed, March 13 8 p.m. Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder
10:30 p.m. New York Knicks at Denver Nuggets
Mon, March 18 8 p.m. Miami Heat at Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. New York Knicks at Utah Jazz
Wed, March 20 8 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Dallas Mavericks
Wed, March 27 8 p.m. Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Portland Trail Blazers
Wed, April 3 7 p.m. New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks
Fri, April 5 8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Indiana Pacers
10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers
Wed, April 10 8 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets
Wed, April 17 8 p.m. Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers

* ESPN’s NBA games are also available on ESPN Mobile TV and WatchESPN.

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