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2012 NBA schedule: Heat play on big stage, Magic host a pair this weekend

The Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic play a pair of games this weekend, the first full weekend of the NBA's regular season. What other notable games are on the schedule?


The first full weekend of the NBA regular season has a full slate of games with 12 games on Friday night and 10 games on Saturday night. With the NBA allowing games at Madison Square Garden to commence despite the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the big game of Friday night will be the Miami Heat playing the New York Knicks. The other nationally televised game that night will the the Los Angeles Lakers playing the Los Angeles Clippers.

Also on Friday, the Oklahoma City Thunder try to put Thursday's last-second loss to the San Antonio Spurs behind them as they play their home opener against the Portland Trail Blazers with tip off scheduled for 8 p.m.

On Saturday, No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets will take on the Chicago Bulls. Former Florida Gator Bradley Beal plays his home opener with the Washington Wizards as they host the Boston Celtics. The Brooklyn Nets are also scheduled to play their first regular season game at the Barclays Center as they host the Toronto Raptors.

Sunday's slate of five games include the Knicks hosting the Philadelphia 76ers, the Raptors hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Orlando Magic hosting the Phoenix Suns, the Thunder hosting the Atlanta Hawks and Lakers hosting the Detroit Pistons.

Miami Heat:

At New York Knicks, Fri. 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Vs. Denver Nuggets, Sat. 7:30 p.m.

Orlando Magic:

Vs. Denver Nuggets, Fri. 7 p.m.

Vs. Phoenix Suns, Sun. 6 p.m.

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