Wolves Announce 2012 Regular Season Schedule

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The Minnesota Timberwolves will tip off their 24th regular season in the NBA by hosting the Sacramento Kings at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 at Target Center. Full-season memberships are still available by visiting www.timberwolves.com or by calling 612-673-1234.

The Timberwolves will open the 2012-13 season with five of their first six games against Eastern Conference opponents, including home visits from Orlando (Nov. 7) and Indiana (Nov. 9). The Wolves will enjoy two long homestands, including a six-game stint from Jan. 30 through Feb. 8 highlighted by visits from Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers (Jan. 30), Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers (Feb. 1) and No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Hornets (Feb. 2). The Wolves will also host a four-game homestand (beginning a stretch where they will play seven of eight games at Target Center) from March 27 - April 1. Other notable home games include Dec. 20 and March 29 vs. Oklahoma City, a visit from LeBron James and the defending NBA champion Miami Heat (March 4) and a trip to Target Center by Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics on April 1.

The Wolves will play 14 nationally-televised games this season, most since the 2005-06 campaign, including seven home contests: Dec. 20 vs. Oklahoma City on TNT, Jan. 17 vs. Los Angeles Clippers on TNT, Feb. 1 vs. Los Angeles Lakers on ESPN, Feb. 2 vs. New Orleans on NBA TV, Feb. 6 vs. San Antonio on ESPN, March 4 vs. Miami on NBA TV and March 10 vs. Dallas on NBA TV.

On the heels of a season highlighted by significant attendance growth, including 11 capacity crowds (most since 2003-04 season) and an average attendance of 17,491 (highest number since 2003-04), the Wolves head into the 2012-13 campaign with 8,100 full-season ticket members - their largest number since the 2004-05 season. More than 95 percent of the Wolves' season ticket members have renewed their season memberships for the 2012-13 season and 1,200 new members have joined the pack since the conclusion of the 2011-12 campaign.

Minnesota’s 2012-13 local television broadcast schedule will be released at a later date. Following are key facts regarding the Wolves' 2012-13 regular-season schedule.

  • By month, the schedule breaks down as follows: November (7 home, 8 away = 15 total, December (6 home, 6 away = 12 total), January (6 home, 9 away = 15 total), February (8 home, 5 away = 13 total), March (9 home, 8 away = 17 total), April (5 home, 5 away = 10 total).

  • By day, the schedule breaks down as follows: Monday (4 home, 7 away = 11 total), Tuesday (2 home, 6 away = 8 total), Wednesday (12 home, 8 away = 20 total), Thursday (2 home, 3 away = 5 total), Friday (9 home, 8 away = 17 total), Saturday (8 home, 5 away = 13 total), Sunday (4 home, 4 away = 8 total).

  • The Wolves enjoy one six-game homestand (Jan. 30-Feb. 8), one four-game homestand (March 27-April 1) and one three-game homestand (Nov. 14-21).

  • Minnesota has two four-game roadtrips: Nov 23-28 (POR, GS, SAC, LAC) and Jan. 9-14 (OKC, NO, SA, DAL). The Wolves will have three separate three-game stints on the road, all coming in the second half of the season: Feb. 26-March 2 (PHO, LAL, POR), March 19-22 (MEM, SAC, PHO) and April 9-12 (GS, LAC, UTAH).

  • Minnesota will play on national television 14 times this season, most since the 2005-06 campaign: Eight times on NBA TV (11/4 at TOR, 11/5 at Brooklyn, 11/28 at LAC, Feb. 2 vs. NO, March 2 at POR, March 4 vs. MIA, March 10 vs. DAL, March 15 at HOU), and three times each on TNT (Dec. 20 vs. OKC, Jan. 17 vs. LAC, 2/28 vs. LAL) and ESPN (2/1 vs. LAL, 2/6 vs. SA, 2/22 at OKC). The last time the Wolves played on TNT was March 16, 2006 at Golden State (last home game on TNT was Nov. 17, 2005 vs. Washington). The three TNT games are the most since the Wolves had six in 2004-05.

  • The Wolves will play 22 back-to-backs: three home-home, 11 away-away, four home-away and four away-home. The 22 back-to-backs are the most since the team played 25 back-to-back sets during the 1993-94 season. Last year the Wolves had 16 back-to-back sets and two back-to-back-to-back stints.

  • The Wolves will open their regular-season slate versus Sacramento on Friday, Nov. 2 at Target Center, marking the 12th straight season the club has opened at home. The Wolves are 13-10 in season openers, including 11-4 in season openers at home. Minnesota opened the 2011-12 campaign with a 104-100 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Target Center.

  • The Wolves will play 52 games against Western Conference and 30 games versus Eastern Conference opponents.

  • Minnesota will play each Western Conference opponent four times (two home, two away), with the exception of Houston (two home, one away), L.A. Lakers (two home, one away), Memphis (one home, two away), and Sacramento (one home, two away). The Wolves will face off against each Eastern Conference team twice (one home, one away).


Friday, Nov. 2Sacramento7 PM 
Sunday, Nov. 4@ Toronto5 PM NBA TV
Monday, Nov. 5@ Brooklyn6:30 PM NBA TV
Wednesday, Nov. 7Orlando7 PM 
Friday, Nov. 9Indiana7 PM 
Saturday, Nov. 10@ Chicago7 PM 
Monday, Nov. 12@ Dallas7:30 PM 
Wednesday, Nov. 14Charlotte7 PM 
Friday, Nov. 16Golden State7 PM 
Wednesday, Nov. 21Denver7 PM 
Friday, Nov. 23@ Portland9 PM 
Saturday, Nov. 24@ Golden State9:30 PM 
Tuesday, Nov. 27@ Sacramento9 PM 
Wednesday, Nov. 28@ L.A. Clippers9:30 PM NBA TV
Friday, Nov. 30Milwaukee7 PM 
Tuesday, Dec. 4@ Philadelphia6 PM 
Wednesday, Dec. 5@ Boston6:30 PM 
Friday, Dec. 7Cleveland7 PM 
Wednesday, Dec. 12Denver7 PM 
Friday, Dec. 14@ New Orleans7 PM 
Saturday, Dec. 15Dallas7 PM 
Monday, Dec. 17@ Orlando6 PM 
Tuesday, Dec. 18@ Miami6:30 PM 
Thursday, Dec. 20Oklahoma City6 PM TNT
Sunday, Dec. 23@ New York4 PM 
Wednesday, Dec. 26Houston7 PM 
Saturday, Dec. 29Phoenix7 PM 
Wednesday, Jan. 2@ Utah8 PM 
Thursday, Jan. 3@ Denver8 PM 
Saturday, Jan. 5Portland7 PM 
Tuesday, Jan. 8Atlanta7 PM 
Wednesday, Jan. 9@ Oklahoma City7 PM 
Friday, Jan. 11@ New Orleans7 PM 
Sunday, Jan. 13@ San Antonio6 PM 
Monday, Jan. 14@ Dallas7:30 PM 
Thursday, Jan. 17L.A. Clippers7 PM TNT
Saturday, Jan. 19Houston7 PM 
Monday, Jan. 21@ Atlanta1 PM 
Wednesday, Jan. 23Brooklyn7 PM 
Friday, Jan. 25@ Washington6 PM 
Saturday, Jan. 26@ Charlotte6 PM 
Wednesday, Jan. 30L.A. Clippers7 PM 
Friday, Feb. 1L.A. Lakers8:30 PM ESPN
Saturday, Feb. 2New Orleans7 PM NBA TV
Monday, Feb. 4Portland7 PM 
Wednesday, Feb. 6San Antonio8 PM ESPN
Friday, Feb. 8New York7 PM 
Sunday, Feb. 10@ Memphis5 PM 
Monday, Feb. 11@ Cleveland7 PM 
Wednesday, Feb. 13Utah7 PM 
All-Star Weekend (Feb. 15-17) Houston
Wednesday, Feb. 20Philadelphia7 PM 
Friday, Feb. 22@ Oklahoma City7 PM ESPN
Sunday, Feb. 24Golden State2:30 PM 
Tuesday, Feb. 26@ Phoenix8 PM 
Thursday, Feb. 28@ L.A. Lakers9:30 PM TNT
Saturday, March 2@ Portland9 PM NBA TV
Monday, March 4Miami7 PM NBA TV
Wednesday, March 6Washington7 PM 
Saturday, March 9@ Denver8 PM 
Sunday, March 10Dallas6 PM NBA TV
Tuesday, March 12San Antonio7 PM 
Wednesday, March 13@ Indiana6 PM 
Friday, March 15@ Houston7 PM NBA TV
Sunday, March 17New Orleans6 PM 
Monday, March 18@ Memphis7 PM 
Thursday, March 21@ Sacramento9 PM 
Friday, March 22@ Phoenix8 PM 
Sunday, March 24Chicago6 PM 
Tuesday, March 26@ Detroit6:30 PM 
Wednesday, March 27L.A. Lakers7 PM 
Friday, March 29Oklahoma City7 PM 
Saturday, March 30Memphis7 PM 
Monday, April 1Boston7 PM 
Wednesday, April 3@ Milwaukee7 PM 
Friday, April 5Toronto7 PM 
Saturday, April 6Detroit7 PM 
Tuesday, April 9@ Golden State9:30 PM 
Wednesady, April 10@ L.A. Clippers9:30 PM 
Friday, April 12@ Utah8 PM 
Saturday, April 13Phoenix7 PM 
Monday, April 15Utah7 PM 
Wednesday, April 17@ San Antonio7 PM 

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