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TNT Tips Off 2014-15 NBA Regular Season with Blockbuster Opening Week Doubleheaders Featuring NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James Homecoming, Kobe Bryants Return, MVP Kevin Durant & More in Action

Turner Sports, entering its 31st consecutive year of NBA coverage, will feature a 53-game schedule during the 2014-15 NBA regular season including 10 appearances on TNT by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls, nine appearances by the Los Angeles Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors, seven appearances by the San Antonio Spurs and six appearances by the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns.  TNT will televise 19 Thursday night NBA doubleheaders during the regular season.

TNT will tip off the 2014-15 NBA regular season with highly anticipated doubleheaders beginning with opening night coverage on Tuesday, Oct. 28, featuring the NBA Champion Spurs and Tim Duncan hosting the Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki at 8 p.m. ET.  In the second game of the night, Los Angeles’ Kobe Bryant will mark his return from injury to lead the Lakers against former teammate Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets at 10:30 p.m.

This year marks the 19th straight season the network has tipped off with two games on opening night. The network’s opening night coverage will also include San Antonio’s championship ring ceremony during a one-hour TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com pre-game show at 7 p.m.  

The network’s blockbuster opening week schedule will continue with LeBron James’ season debut in Cleveland when the Cavs host the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m.  The night’s action will conclude with the Thunder and MVP award winner Kevin Durant visiting the Clippers and All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin at 10:30 p.m.

TNT will also televise a marquee doubleheader on Christmas (Thursday, Dec. 25) featuring the Bulls and Derrick Rose hosting the Lakers – with Chicago’s Pau Gasol and L.A.’s Carlos Boozer each facing their former teams – at 8 p.m., followed by the Warriors and “Splash Brothers” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson visiting the Clippers at 10:30 p.m. 

Special NBA coverage on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 19) will feature the Bulls visiting the Cavaliers at 8 p.m., followed by the Phoenix Suns and Goran Dragic hosting the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.

Additional TNT regular season schedule highlights (full schedule listed below):

Nov. 6

All three “Texas Triangle” teams in action – the San Antonio Spurs and Tony Parker facing the Houston Rockets and James Harden at 8 p.m., followed by the Dallas Mavericks and Nowitzki visiting the Portland Trail Blazers and LaMarcus Aldridge at 10:30 p.m.

 

 

Dec. 11

A pair of perennial MVP candidates in competition when the Oklahoma City Thunder and Durant host the Cleveland Cavaliers and James at 8 p.m.

 

 

Dec. 18

The Chicago Bulls and Rose hosting the Knicks and Anthony at 8 p.m.

Jan. 15

The Lakers and Bryant hosting James and the Cavaliers at 10:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Feb. 5

The Clippers and Griffin visiting the Cavaliers at 8 p.m.

 

 

Feb. 12 & 19

TNT televising the last game before the NBA All-Star break – the Cavs and James visiting the Bulls and Rose on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. – and the first national telecasts following the league’s signature midseason events with a doubleheader on Thursday, Feb. 19 – the Thunder and Durant hosting the Mavericks and Nowitzki at 8 p.m., followed by the Spurs and Parker visiting the Clippers and Paul at 10:30 p.m.

March 12

The Cavaliers and James facing the defending champion Spurs at 8 p.m.

March 24

A star-studded doubleheader featuring the Lakers and Bryant against the Thunder and Russell Westbrook at 8 p.m., followed by the Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard hosting the Warriors and Curry at 10:30 p.m.

 

 

March 31

A rematch of the 2014 NBA Finals when the Spurs visit the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade at 8 p.m.

 

 

April 2

The Cavaliers and James hosting his former Heat team at 8 p.m.

 

 

April 7

A rematch of the 2014 Western Conference Finals with the Thunder hosting the Spurs at 8 p.m.

 

 

In addition to its regular-season coverage, TNT will be the exclusive home of NBA All-Star Weekend’s signature events including the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 13, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Feb. 14, and the 64th NBA All-Star Game from New York City on Sunday, Feb. 15. The network will also televise more than 40 NBA Playoff games including first and second round action and the exclusive presentation of the 2015 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

About Turner Sports

Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in televised and online sports programming, airing championship-level sporting events on TBS, TNT and truTV, and managing some of the most popular sports sites on the Internet. Turner Sports’ television lineup includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and professional golf. The company’s digital portfolio includes Bleacher Report, NCAA.com and March Madness Live, and PGA.com, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile websites and connected device apps. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

 

TNT’s 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season Schedule

(All Times Eastern)

                                   

Oct. 28             Tuesday          7 p.m.              TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com

           (including San Antonio Spurs Ring Ceremony)

                                               8 p.m.              Dallas Mavericks @ San Antonio Spurs

                                              10:30 p.m.       Houston Rockets @ L.A. Lakers

                                   

Oct. 30             Thursday        8 p.m.              New York Knicks @ Cleveland Cavaliers

                                              10:30 p.m.       Oklahoma City Thunder @ L.A. Clippers

                                   

Nov. 6             Thursday        8 p.m.              San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets

                                             10:30 p.m.       Dallas Mavericks @ Portland Trail Blazers

                                   

Nov. 13           Thursday        8 p.m.              Chicago Bulls @ Toronto Raptors

                                             10:30 p.m.       Brooklyn Nets @ Golden State Warriors

                                   

Nov. 20           Thursday        8 p.m.              L.A. Clippers @ Miami Heat

                                             10:30 p.m.       Chicago Bulls @ Sacramento Kings

                                   

Dec. 4              Thursday        8 p.m.              Cleveland Cavaliers @ New York Knicks

                                              10:30 p.m.       New Orleans Pelicans @ Golden State Warriors

                                   

Dec. 11            Thursday        8 p.m.              Cleveland Cavaliers @ Oklahoma City Thunder

                                              10:30 p.m.       Houston Rockets @ Sacramento Kings

                                   

Dec. 18            Thursday        8 p.m.              New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

                                              10:30 p.m.       Oklahoma City Thunder @ Golden State Warriors

                                   

Dec. 25            Thursday        8 p.m.              L.A. Lakers @ Chicago Bulls

                                              10:30 p.m.       Golden State Warriors @ L.A. Clippers

                                   

Jan. 8               Thursday        8 p.m.              Houston Rockets @ New York Knicks

                                              10:30 p.m.       Miami Heat @ Portland Trail Blazers

                                   

Jan. 15             Thursday        8 p.m.              Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets

                                              10:30 p.m.       Cleveland Cavaliers @ L.A. Lakers

                                   

Jan. 19             Monday          8 p.m.              Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

                                             10:30 p.m.       L.A. Lakers @ Phoenix Suns

                                   

Jan. 22             Thursday        8 p.m.              San Antonio Spurs @ Chicago Bulls

                                              10:30 p.m.       Brooklyn Nets @ L.A. Clippers

                                   

Jan. 29             Thursday        8 p.m.              New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers

                                             10:30 p.m.       Chicago Bulls @ L.A. Lakers

                                   

Feb. 5              Thursday        8 p.m.              L.A. Clippers @ Cleveland Cavaliers

                                             10:30 p.m.       Phoenix Suns @ Portland Trail Blazers

                                   

Feb. 10            Tuesday          8 p.m.              Houston Rockets @ Phoenix Suns

                                             10:30 p.m.       Denver Nuggets @ L.A. Lakers

                                   

Feb. 12            Thursday        8 p.m.              Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

                                   

*******NBA ALL-STAR 2015*******

Feb. 13            Friday                                     BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge

Feb. 14            Saturday                                  State Farm All-Star Saturday Night

Feb. 15            Sunday                                    2015 NBA All-Star Game from New York City

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Feb. 19            Thursday        8 p.m.              Dallas Mavericks @ Oklahoma City Thunder

                                             10:30 p.m.       San Antonio Spurs @ L.A. Clippers

                                   

Feb. 26            Thursday        8 p.m.              Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers

                                              10:30 p.m.       Oklahoma City Thunder @ Phoenix Suns

                                   

Mar. 5             Thursday        8 p.m.              Oklahoma City Thunder @ Chicago Bulls

                                             10:30 p.m.       Dallas Mavericks @ Portland Trail Blazers

                                   

Mar. 12           Thursday        8 p.m.              Cleveland Cavaliers @ San Antonio Spurs

                                             10:30 p.m.       New York Knicks @ L.A. Lakers

                                   

Mar. 24           Tuesday          8 p.m.              L.A. Lakers @ Oklahoma City Thunder

                                             10:30 p.m.       Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers

                                   

Mar. 31           Tuesday          8 p.m.              San Antonio Spurs @ Miami Heat

                                             10:30 p.m.       Golden State Warriors @ L.A. Clippers

                                   

Apr. 2             Thursday        8 p.m.              Miami Heat @ Cleveland Cavaliers

                                            10:30 p.m.       Phoenix Suns @ Golden State Warriors

                                   

Apr. 7             Tuesday          8 p.m.              San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder

                                             10:30 p.m.       L.A. Lakers @ L.A. Clippers

                                   

Apr. 9             Thursday        8 p.m.              Chicago Bulls @ Miami Heat

                                            10:30 p.m.       Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors

                                   

Apr. 14           Tuesday          8 p.m.              Washington Wizards @ Indiana Pacers

                                             10:30 p.m.       L.A. Clippers @ Phoenix Suns