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Thunder will be on national TV early and often

The Sports Xchange
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Defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City, as expected, is one the league's TV darlings heading into the 2012-13 season. The Thunder will appear on national television 30 times.

ABC will feature Oklahoma City on five occasions, including a Christmas evening NBA Finals rematch as the Thunder travels to Miami to face the Heat. Additionally, Oklahoma City is set to make 10 TNT and 10 ESPN appearances during the course of the season. NBA TV will also feature the Thunder on five occasions.

Oklahoma City will begin the season at San Antonio on Nov. 1 in a rematch of last season's Western Conference final before returning home to the Chesapeake Energy Arena a night later to host the Portland Trail Blazers in its home opener on Nov. 2.

Thunder fans will be treated to a season-long five-game homestand starting in early December that will feature the Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Hornets, Sacramento Kings and Spurs. Beyond the Thunder's lone five-game homestand, Oklahoma City's schedule includes five stretches in which the Thunder will play three consecutive home games.

As has been the case in each of the last four seasons, the Thunder will once again play at home on New Year's Eve. On the final day of 2012 the Thunder will host the Phoenix Suns.

Oklahoma City has 15 sets of back-to-backs. Including the team's season-opening back-to-back, the Thunder will play three back-to-back sets in the first 12 days of the regular season. After facing the L.A. Clippers and the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 22-23, the Thunder will go nearly six weeks before playing games on consecutive nights again.

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