CLIPPERS RELEASE 2012-13 SCHEDULE
The Los Angeles Clippers will tip-off their 2012-13 NBA regular season schedule on Wednesday, October 31 at STAPLES Center against the Memphis Grizzlies at 7:30 p.m. in a re-match of last season’s exciting Western Conference first round playoff series that the Clippers won in seven games.
The Clippers will stay at STAPLES Center for eight of their first nine contests, facing the Lakers on Friday, Nov. 2 in the first match-up between the Los Angeles rivals on ESPN in the first of a franchise-high 30 nationally televised games. Los Angeles hits the road for the first time on Thursday, Nov. 8 when they travel to Portland in a game broadcast on TNT and travel to San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Brooklyn and Atlanta Nov. 19 – Nov. 24 for their first extended road trip.
This season, the Clippers are scheduled to appear four times on ABC, nine times on TNT, 10 times on ESPN and seven times on NBA TV. The Clippers previous franchise-high for national television appearances was 22 set last season.
Highlights of the schedule include a rematch of the Western Conference Semifinals at STAPLES Center against San Antonio on Nov. 7 and the only visit of the season from the NBA Champion Miami Heat on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder visit STAPLES Center on Jan. 22 and March 3, while the Clippers host the Boston Celtics on December 27. The Clippers face the Denver Nuggets on Christmas Night at 7:30 p.m. at STAPLES Center.
The Clippers will play 20 sets of back-to-back games in 2012-13 and have four road trips of three games or more this season, with the longest road stretch coming during an eight-game trek from Jan. 30 – Feb. 11 that includes stops in Minnesota, Toronto, Boston, Washington, Orlando, Miami, New York and Philadelphia.
Los Angeles faces every team in the Western Conference a total of four times (two home and two away), with the exception of the Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets and the Houston Rockets who they will play three times each.