The NBA’s Network of Record, TNT is back for its 29th season of broadcasting games. It will carry 52 games including the season opening doubleheader on October 30. In addition, TNT will air a whole slew of Thursday night doubleheaders throughout the season.
Part of its contract includes a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day primetime doubleheader and the entire NBA All-Star Weekend which will be held this season in Houston.
And to end its season, TNT will carry the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
As usual, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Inside the NBA will air immediately following the last game of the evening doubleheaders.
We have the press release and the listing of the games below.
TNT’s 2012-13 NBA Regular Season Schedule to Feature Multiple Appearances by NBA Champion Heat, Thunder, Knicks, Lakers, Clippers, Celtics and Mavericks
NBA Season Tips Off October 30 Exclusively on TNT with Miami Hosting Boston; Dallas at L.A. Lakers
Turner Sports, marking its 29th year of NBA coverage, today announced that TNT will televise 52 games during the 2012-13 NBA regular season including 10 appearances by the NBA champion Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder; nine appearances by the Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers; and eight appearances by the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks. TNT recorded its highest-rated and most-viewed NBA regular season ever last year and the network has generated five straight seasons of growth among viewers and households.
For the 11th consecutive year, the NBA season will exclusively open on TNT with a doubleheader Tuesday, Oct. 30, featuring the Heat and Finals MVP LeBron James hosting the Celtics and Kevin Garnett at 8 p.m. ET. TNT’s coverage will include Miami’s championship ring ceremony during the one-hour TNT NBA Tip-Off ’12 pre-game show at 7 p.m. In the second game, the Lakers and offseason acquisition Steve Nash will host the Mavericks, the 2011 NBA champion led by Dirk Nowitzki, at 10:30 p.m.
TNT’s opening week coverage will also include a Thursday doubleheader, Nov. 1, with the home debut of the Brooklyn Nets, led by Deron Williams, against the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony at 7 p.m., followed by a Western Conference Finals rematch when the Thunder and Kevin Durant visit the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan at 9:30 p.m. TNT will televise 20 Thursday night NBA doubleheaders this season.
Additional schedule highlights (full schedule listed below):
- Dec. 6 – an Eastern Conference rivalry game when the Heat host the Knicks at 8 p.m.
- Dec. 13 – the Lakers and Kobe Bryant meeting the Knicks at Madison Square Garden at 8 p.m.
- Dec. 20 – a 2011 NBA Finals rematch between the Heat and Mavericks at 9:30 p.m.
- Dec. 27 – a showdown of elite NBA point guards when the Celtics and Rajon Rondo visit the Clippers and Chris Paul at 10:30 p.m.
- Jan. 17 – a doubleheader beginning with the Clippers facing the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Love at 8 p.m., a matchup which has recently generated close outcomes and standout individual performances, followed by the Heat visiting the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.
- Jan. 21 – a special Martin Luther King Day doubleheader including the Spurs visiting the Philadelphia 76ers at 7 p.m., followed by the Chicago Bulls hosting the Lakers at 9:30 p.m.
- Feb. 7 – storied franchises meeting in a rivalry game when the Celtics host the Lakers at 8 p.m.
- Feb. 14 – a Valentine’s Day doubleheader beginning with a Finals rematch between the Heat and Thunder at 8 p.m., followed by a Los Angeles showdown between the Lakers and Clippers at 10:30 p.m.
- Feb. 21 – the Chicago Bulls and Luol Deng facing the Heat at 8 p.m.
- March 5 & 7 – consecutive appearances by the Thunder when they host the Lakers on March 5 at 9:30 p.m. then visit the Knicks on March 7 at 8 p.m.
- March 14 – an intra-state clash when the Mavericks visit the Spurs at 8 p.m.
- March 26 – an Eastern Conference rivalry game when the Celtics host the Knicks at 7 p.m.
- April 2 – a marquee doubleheader opening with the Heat hosting the Knicks at 8 p.m., followed by the Mavericks visiting the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.
- April 4 – in TNT’s second doubleheader of the week, the Bulls visiting the Nets at 7 p.m., followed by the Thunder hosting the Spurs at 9:30 p.m.
- April 11 – the Knicks and Bulls, both anticipated playoff contenders, meeting at 8 p.m.
Additionally, TNT will serve as the exclusive home of NBA All-Star 2013 including NBA All-Star Friday (Feb. 15), NBA All-Star Saturday (Feb. 16), and the 2013 NBA All-Star Game (Feb. 17) in Houston. TNT will also exclusively televise the NBA Eastern Conference Finals this season.
The NBA on TNT’s marquee roster of NBA announcers includes five-time NBA champion Steve Kerr, Hall of Famer Reggie Miller and Mike Fratello, one of the most successful head coaches in NBA history, as game analysts; play-by-play commentators Marv Albert, Dick Stockton and Kevin Harlan; and reporters David Aldridge and Craig Sager. TNT’s Sports Emmy Award-winning studio show includes host Ernie Johnson and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal and two-time NBA champion Kenny Smith.
TNT’s 2012-2013 NBA REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE(All Times Eastern)
Date Day Time (ET) Game Oct. 30 Tuesday 7 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off ’12 (including Miami Heat Ring Ceremony) 8 p.m. Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat 10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ L.A. Lakers Nov. 1 Thursday 7 p.m. New York Knicks @ Brooklyn Nets 9:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ San Antonio Spurs Nov. 8 Thursday 8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Chicago Bulls 10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers @ Portland Trail Blazers Nov. 15 Thursday 8 p.m. Boston Celtics @ Brooklyn Nets 10:30 p.m. Miami Heat @ Denver Nuggets Nov. 29 Thursday 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Miami Heat 10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets @ Golden State Warriors Dec. 6 Thursday 8 p.m. New York Knicks @ Miami Heat 10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Phoenix Suns Dec. 13 Thursday 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers @ New York Knicks 10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Portland Trail Blazers Dec. 20 Thursday 7 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Minnesota Timberwolves 9:30 p.m. Miami Heat @ Dallas Mavericks Dec. 27 Thursday 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Oklahoma City Thunder 10:30 p.m. Boston Celtics @ L.A. Clippers Jan. 10 Thursday 8 p.m. New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers 10:30 p.m. Miami Heat @ Portland Trail Blazers Jan. 17 Thursday 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers @ Minnesota Timberwolves 10:30 p.m. Miami Heat @ L.A. Lakers Jan. 21 Monday 7 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Philadelphia 76ers 9:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers @ Chicago Bulls Jan. 24 Thursday 8 p.m. New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics 10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers @ Phoenix Suns Jan. 31 Thursday 8 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies @ Oklahoma City Thunder 10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Golden State Warriors Feb. 7 Thursday 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers @ Boston Celtics 10:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ Denver Nuggets Feb. 14 Thursday 8 p.m. Miami Heat @ Oklahoma City Thunder 10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers @ L.A. Lakers *********************************NBA ALL-STAR 2013************************************************* Feb. 15 Friday NBA Rising Stars Feb. 16 Saturday NBA All-Star Saturday Feb. 17 Sunday 2013 NBA All-Star Game from Houston ***************************************************************************************************** Feb. 21 Thursday 8 p.m. Miami Heat @ Chicago Bulls 10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ L.A. Clippers Feb. 28 Thursday 8 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls 10:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves @ L.A. Lakers Mar. 5 Tuesday 7 p.m. Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers 9:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers @ Oklahoma City Thunder Mar. 7 Thursday 8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ New York Knicks 10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers @ Denver Nuggets Mar. 14 Thursday 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ San Antonio Spurs 10:30 p.m. New York Knicks @ Portland Trail Blazers Mar. 26 Tuesday 7 p.m. New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics 9:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers @ Dallas Mavericks Apr. 2 Tuesday 8 p.m. New York Knicks @ Miami Heat 10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ L.A. Lakers Apr. 4 Thursday 7 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ Brooklyn Nets 9:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder Apr. 11 Thursday 8 p.m. New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls 10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Golden State Warriors Apr. 16 Tuesday 8 p.m. Indiana Pacers @ Boston Celtics 10:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers @ L.A. Clippers
And we’ll conclude with the NBA TV schedule.