Miami HEAT Announces 2006-07 NBA Regular Season Schedule

MIAMI, August 01 – The defending NBA Champion Miami HEAT announced its 2006-07 regular season schedule today. The 82-game schedule consists of 41 home dates, all in the AmericanAirlines Arena, and 41 road contests, and runs from October 31, 2006 through April 18, 2007. For the second consecutive year the HEAT will make the league maximum 33 national television appearances. Miami will appear five times on ABC, 10 times on ESPN and nine times apiece on TNT and NBA TV.

Miami kicks off its 19th season when it hosts the Chicago Bulls at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 31, in a nationally televised game on TNT. The game will feature a ceremony in which the team receives their championship rings and raises the 2006 NBA Championship banner to the rafters of AmericanAirlines Arena. The HEAT opens its road slate when they travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 5. The HEAT will play 16 back-to-back games during the 2006-07 campaign.

The schedule features several exciting match-ups, including the Los Angeles Lakers’ visit to Miami on Christmas Day. The 2:30 PM (Eastern Time) contest, which marks the fourth time and third consecutive year the HEAT has played on Christmas Day, is the first game of ABC’s NBA coverage. The HEAT will travel to Los Angeles to play Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Monday, January 15 in a 10:00 PM game on TNT. The HEAT takes on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers twice at home; on Thursday, February 1 at 8:00 PM on TNT and again on Sunday, February 25 at 3:30 PM on ABC.

The HEAT’s NBA Finals rival the Dallas Mavericks, led by Dirk Nowitzki, make their lone Miami appearance on Sunday, January 21 at 1:00 PM on ABC. In addition, Western Conference powerhouses the San Antonio Spurs visit AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday, February 11 in a 1:00 PM contest also featured on ABC. The Phoenix Suns come to Miami on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 PM on ESPN.

The schedule also features several exciting rematches from the HEAT’s 2006 playoff run. The Detroit Pistons arrive in Miami on Thursday, November 30 for an 8:00 PM (TNT) nationally televised game, and again on Friday, March 2 in an 8:00 PM (ESPN) nationally televised contest. The HEAT also renew their rivalry against the New Jersey Nets in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals when they come to Miami on Friday, November 3 at 7:30 PM and Friday, December 29 at 7:30 PM (NBA TV). In addition to their Opening Night contest, the Chicago Bulls come to town on Wednesday, March 7.

The longest road trip of the upcoming season will take place in January. The HEAT will play six straight games on the road beginning on Friday, January 5 at Phoenix, and ending on Monday, January 15 with a visit to Los Angeles to face the Lakers. The month of March is highlighted by the HEAT’s longest homestand. Miami kicks off a stretch of six consecutive home contests when they host the Detroit Pistons on Friday, March 2, and conclude with a battle against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, March 13. The six games ties as the second longest homestand in franchise history. Miami had a six game homestand in 1993 and a record eight-game homestand in 1996.

Sun Sports will continue to be the exclusive local television home of HEAT basketball games. Additionally, all games can be heard on WIOD (610 AM) in English and WQBA (1140 AM) in Spanish.

The HEAT has sold out of all of their season ticket inventory for the second consecutive season. Information will be distributed shortly on HEAT Partial Ticket Plans, Group Tickets, Individual Game Tickets and the ticketExchange program. Fans interested in learning more about these ticket options should call 786-777-HOOP.





DATE

OPPONENT

TIME

OCTOBER

31 Tues. Chicago 8:00 PM

NOVEMBER

3 Fri. New Jersey 7:30
5 Sun. @ Philadelphia 2:00 PM
7 Tue. SEATTLE 7:30 PM
10 Fri. @ New Jersey 8:00 PM
12 Sun. Houston 8:00 PM
14 Tue. Denver 7:30 PM
17 Fri. New York 7:30 PM
18 Sat. @ Atlanta 7:00 PM
21 Tue. @ NO/Okla City 7:00 PM
22 Wed. @ San Antonio 6:30 PM
24 Fri. Orlando 7:30 PM
25 Sat. @ Charlotte 7:00 PM
27 Mon. Philadelphia 7:30 PM
30 Thu. Detroit 8:00 PM

DECEMBER

2 Sat. @ Memphis 7:00 PM
5 Tue. @ L.A. Clippers 7:30 PM
7 Thu. @ Sacramento 7:30 PM
8 Fri. @ Denver 8:30 PM
11 Mon. Toronto 7:30 PM
13 Wed. Phoenix 7:00 PM
15 Fri. @ Washington 7:00 PM
16 Sat. Memphis 7:30 PM
18 Mon. NO/Okla City 7:30 PM
20 Wed. @ Milwaukee 7:00 PM
23 Sat. Golden State 7:30 PM
25 Mon. L.A. Lakers 2:30 PM
27 Wed. @ Chicago 7:30 PM
29 Fri. New Jersey 7:30 PM
30 Sat. @ Orlando 7:00 PM

JANUARY

3 Wed. L.A. Clippers 7:30 PM
5 Fri. @ Phoenix 8:30 PM
7 Sun. @ Portland 6:00 PM
10 Wed. @ Seattle 7:00 PM
12 Fri. @ Golden State 7:30 PM
13 Sat. @ Utah 7:00 PM
15 Mon. @ L.A. Lakers 7:00 PM
18 Thu. Indiana 7:00 PM
19 Fri. @ Philadelphia 7:00 PM
21 Sun. Dallas 1:00 PM
22 Mon. New York 7:30 PM
24 Wed. @ Indiana 7:00 PM
26 Fri. @ New York 7:30 PM
27 Sat. @ Chicago 7:30 PM
30 Tue. Milwaukee 7:30 PM

FEBRUARY

1 Thu. Cleveland 8:00 PM
3 Sat. @ Milwaukee 7:30 PM
5 Mon. Charlotte 7:30 PM
7 Wed. @ Boston 7:30 PM
9 Fri. @ Cleveland 8:00 PM
11 Sun. San Antonio 1:00 PM
13 Tue. Portland 7:30 PM
21 Wed. @ Houston 8:00 PM
22 Thu. @ Dallas 8:30 PM
25 Sun. Cleveland 3:30 PM
26 Mon. @ New York 7:30 PM

MARCH

2 Fri. @ Detroit 8:00 PM
5 Mon. Atlanta 7:30 PM
7 Wed. Chicago 7:30 PM
9 Fri. Minnesota 7:30 PM
11 Sun. Washington 6:00 PM
13 Tue. Utah 7:30 PM
15 Thu. @ New Jersey 8:30 PM
16 Fri. Sacramento 7:30 PM
18 Sun. Orlando 6:00 PM
21 Wed. @ Atlanta 7:00 PM
23 Fri. @ INDIANA 7:00 PM
24 Sat. Philadelphia 7:30 PM
26 Mon. Atlanta 7:30 PM
28 Wed. @ Toronto 7:00 PM
30 Fri. @ Minnesota 7:00 PM

APRIL

1 Sun. @ DETROIT 1:00 PM
3 Tue. Toronto 7:30 PM
5 Fri. @ Cleveland 7:00 PM
6 Fri. @ Boston 7:30 PM
8 Sun. Charlotte 6:00 PM
10 Tue. @ Charlotte 7:00 PM
11 Wed. Washington 7:30 PM
13 Fri. Indiana 8:00 PM
16 Mon. Boston 7:30 PM
18 Wed. @ Orlando 7:00 PM
* All games at NO/Okla City played in Okla. City unless denoted by (NO): Game played in New Orleans