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2016-17 ABC & ESPN NBA Schedule: More Games Than Ever

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The 2016-17 ABC and ESPN NBA telecast schedule will feature more than 100 regular-season games, the most ever, as ESPN begins its new, multi-year rights agreement with the NBA. The schedule will include 82 games on ESPN, which generally includes NBA doubleheaders on Wednesday and Friday nights, and 19 games on ABC, highlighted by season two of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC and the ABC NBA Sunday Showcase franchise. From January to April, ABC and ESPN will combine to televise NBA games four days per week.

Opening week on ESPN: defending champion Cavaliers, reloaded Warriors and more:

ABC’s and ESPN’s biggest schedule ever begins with a doubleheader on Wednesday, October 26: the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook visit the Philadelphia 76ers and the number one 2016 NBA Draft selection Ben Simmons at 8 p.m. ET. At 10:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Lakers begin their new era as they host the Houston Rockets and James Harden. On Friday, October 28, the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James will visit the Toronto Raptors and Kyle Lowry in an Eastern Conference Finals rematch at 7 p.m. At 9:30 p.m., the reloaded Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant will visit the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis. All games will air on ESPN and WatchESPN.

NBA Finals rematch highlights blockbuster Christmas schedule:

Once again, ABC and ESPN will combine to serve as the exclusive, national home of the NBA’s biggest day of the regular-season – Christmas – Sunday, Dec. 25. The defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will host the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant in a rematch of the most-watched NBA Finals in ABC history at 2:30 p.m. (ABC). In total, more than 13 hours of continuous NBA coverage will unfold across ESPN platforms. Here is the full schedule:

NBA on Christmas:

Time (ET) Telecast Network(s)
12 p.m. Boston Celtics at New York Knicks ESPN, WatchESPN
2 p.m. NBA Countdown ABC
2:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers ABC, WatchESPN
5 p.m. Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs ABC, WatchESPN
8 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder ESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers ESPN, WatchESPN

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC – which features the NBA game of the week – will return for its second season, beginning January 21, 2017, with the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the San Antonio Spurs, Kawhi Leonard and newest star Pau Gasol. There will be nine games on this year’s schedule, all slated to air at 8:30 p.m. with a  30-minute NBA Countdown pre-game show airing beforehand.

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC schedule – 8:30 p.m. ET

Date Game
Jan. 21 San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers
Jan. 28 L.A. Clippers at Golden State Warriors
Feb. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks
Feb. 11 Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Feb. 25 Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
Mar. 4 L.A. Clippers at Chicago Bulls
Mar. 11 Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs
Mar. 18 Cleveland Cavaliers at L.A. Clippers
Apr. 8 L.A. Clippers at San Antonio Spurs

 Additional NBA on ABC schedule highlights:

  • A Super Bowl Sunday edition of the NBA Sunday Showcase will feature the Boston Celtics and their new star Al Horford hosting the L.A. Clippers, former coach Doc Rivers and former star Paul Pierce (2/5/17);
  • New Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant makes his highly-anticipated return to Oklahoma City to face Russell Westbrook and the Thunder (2/11/17);
  • The New York Knicks will host the NBA’s top opponents in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden: Cleveland on 2/4/17 and Golden State on 3/5/17;
  • Six appearances by the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers;
  • Six appearances by the five-time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs;
  • Five appearances each by the defending Western Conference Champion Golden State Warriors and L.A. Clippers.

ABC NBA Sunday Showcase schedule – 3:30 p.m. ET

Date Game
Jan. 29 Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers
Feb. 5 L.A. Clippers at Boston Celtics
Feb. 12 San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks
Mar. 5 Golden State Warriors at New York Knicks
Mar. 12 Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics
Mar. 26 Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets
Apr. 2 Boston Celtics at New York Knicks (at 1 p.m.)
Apr. 2 Utah Jazz at San Antonio Spurs

Additional NBA on ESPN schedule highlights:

  • During ESPN’s opening week of coverage, the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Toronto Raptors in a 2016 Eastern Conference Finals rematch (10/28/16);
  • The Chicago Bulls will host the New York Knicks in Derrick Rose’s first game back in Chicago (11/4/16);
  • The top two selections in the 2016 NBA Draft will collide as the Los Angeles Lakers and Brandon Ingram will visit the Philadelphia 76ers and Ben Simmons (12/16/16);
  • Former teammates collide as LeBron James meets Dwyane Wade – Cavaliers host Bulls (1/4/17);
  • New Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant will host former teammate Russell Westbrook as the Warriors face the Thunder at Oracle Arena (1/18/17);
  • 13 appearances by the defending Western Conference Champion Golden State Warriors;
  • 12 appearances by the Chicago Bulls;
  • 10 appearances each by the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, L.A. Clippers & Oklahoma City Thunder;
  • Nine appearances by the New York Knicks and the San Antonio Spurs.

Full NBA on ESPN schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game
Wed, Oct. 26 8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Philadelphia 76ers
10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers
Fri, Oct. 28 7 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors
9:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans
Wed, Nov. 2 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at L.A. Clippers
Fri, Nov. 4 8 p.m. New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Nov. 9 7 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks
9:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs
Wed, Nov. 16 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors
10:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at L.A. Clippers
Fri, Nov. 18 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Sacramento Kings
Wed, Nov. 23 7 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Charlotte Hornets
9:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at New Orleans Pelicans
Fri, Dec. 2 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Denver Nuggets
Wed, Dec. 7 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at L.A. Clippers
Fri, Dec. 9 8 p.m. Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder
10:30 p.m. Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers
Tue, Dec. 13 8 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers
Wed, Dec. 14 7 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat
9:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at San Antonio Spurs
Fri, Dec. 16 8 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz
Sun, Dec. 25 12 p.m. Boston Celtics at New York Knicks
8 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder
10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Jan. 4 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
10:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors
Fri, Jan. 6 8 p.m. New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks
10:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors
Wed, Jan. 11 8 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder
10:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Portland Trail Blazers
Fri, Jan. 13 8 p.m. Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks
10:30 p.m. Detroit Pistons at Utah Jazz
Sun, Jan. 15 9 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Memphis Grizzlies
Wed, Jan. 18 8 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Houston Rockets
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors
Fri, Jan. 20 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets
10:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Jan. 25 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Charlotte Hornets
10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers
Fri, Jan. 27 8 p.m. Houston Rockets at Philadelphia 76ers
Wed, Feb. 1 7 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers
9:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder
Fri, Feb. 3 8 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers
Wed, Feb. 8 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at New York Knicks
10:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Golden State Warriors
Fri, Feb. 10 8 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards
10:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Phoenix Suns
Wed, Feb. 15 7 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers
9:30 p.m. New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder
Fri, Feb. 24 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at L.A. Clippers
Wed, Mar. 1 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at L.A. Clippers
Fri, Mar. 3 7 p.m. Miami Heat at Orlando Magic
9:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans
Sun, Mar. 5 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks
Wed, Mar. 8 8 p.m. Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers
10:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors
Sun, Mar. 12 9 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Houston Rockets
Wed, Mar. 15 8 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs
10:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at L.A. Clippers
Tue, Mar. 21 7 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors
9:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Minnesota Timberwolves
Wed, Mar. 22 8 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards
10:30 p.m. New York Knicks at Utah Jazz
Wed, Mar. 29 9:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs
Fri, Mar. 31 7 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors
9:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder
Tue, Apr. 4 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks
10:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz
Wed, Apr. 5 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at L.A. Clippers
Wed, Apr. 12 8 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers
10:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers

In addition to the more than 100-game regular-season, ABC and ESPN will combine to televise up to 44 NBA Playoffs games, finishing with the exclusive presentation of the 2017 NBA Finals on ABC and including ESPN’s exclusive Western Conference Finals coverage. In addition, the NBA Countdown pre-game show will precede ABC and ESPN games and doubleheaders prior to game time.

All ABC and ESPN games will also be streamed via WatchESPN.

ESPN Radio, the national broadcast home of the NBA, will carry 28 regular-season games, in addition to extensive playoff and NBA Finals coverage. The schedule will be released in the upcoming weeks. ESPN Deportes will also carry a 50-game regular-season NBA schedule. The full schedule can be accessed here: NBA on ESPN Deportes.

This will be the 15th consecutive season of the NBA on ABC and ESPN (since 2002-03 season). In October of 2014, the two entities announced a nine-year, multi-platform rights agreement, which goes into effect this season. It will secure that the longstanding relationship continues into 2025.

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Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or ben.cafardo@espn.com (@Ben_ESPN);

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-3496 or gianina.thompson@espn.com (Gianina_ESPN).