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2012-13 Miami Heat Schedule Released: Opener Against Celtics, Christmas Rematch With Thunder The Highlights

The Miami Heat begin their season with a game against the Boston Celtics, and play the Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA Finals rematch on Christmas Day.

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrates during a rally for the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrates during a rally for the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The 2012-13 NBA schedule is out, and the Miami Heat, the reigning league champions, are unsurprisingly on national television on both opening night and Christmas Day. The Heat open their season on October 30 at home, where they'll raise their championship banner prior to their opener against the Boston Celtics. That game will be broadcast nationally on TNT.

Miami's next two games are also televised nationally. They take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on November 2, then host the Denver Nuggets on NBA TV a day later.

The highlight of the schedule is the Christmas Day game, when they play Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA Finals rematch. That's ABC's marquee 5:30 p.m. ET tipoff game. It's the first of two games between the two teams, and it will be played in Miami. Their second meeting in Oklahoma City comes on February 14 and will be televised on NBA TV.

For more on the Heat, head over to SB Nation's brand new Miami Heat blog Hot Hot Hoops.

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