Miami Heat announce 2015-16 regular-season schedule
Heat opens season at home against Charlotte
MIAMI – The Miami Heat announced its 2015-16 regular season schedule Wednesday. The 82-game schedule consists of 41 home games, all at AmericanAirlines Arena, and 41 road games, running from October 28 through April 13.
FOX Sports Sun, the exclusive regional television partner of the Heat, will air all games available for local broadcast -- 79 games in total.
The Heat will make 20 national television appearances, including three exclusive broadcasts on ABC (1) and TNT (2). In addition, ESPN is scheduled to broadcast eight Heat games and NBA TV has scheduled coverage on nine games.
The Miami Heat Radio Network, led by its flagship station 104.3 FM The Ticket, will carry all of the team's games in English, while Univision Radio's Radio Mambi (710 AM) or Mix 98.3 FM (regular season conflict games) will broadcast each regular season game in Spanish. Additional broadcast schedule information, including preseason coverage, will be available at a later date.
Miami kicks off its 28th season against the Charlotte Hornets on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. It will mark the 20th time in franchise history that the Heat open the season at home and the first time it will face Charlotte on opening night.
The Heat begins the season with three of its first four games at home. Miami plays its first road contest on Oct. 30 at Cleveland and finishes the regular season in Boston on April 13.
The schedule features several high-profile match-ups, including a visit by the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors on Feb. 24. The Heat will also play on Christmas Day for the 12th time overall, and 11th time in the last 12 years, as they host Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans on ESPN.
The Heat will also play on New Year's Day for the sixth time in team history, and the first time since the 2011-12 season, when it hosts the Dallas Mavericks. The Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers visit Miami twice - Dec.5 and March 19.
This year's schedule features 38 of the 82 games played on weekends (Friday through Sunday). Of those weekend games, 16 will be played in Miami (four on Friday, four on Saturday and eight on Sunday).
The Heat's longest home stand will be a seven-game stretch from Nov. 8-23. Miami's longest stretch of road games is a six-game trip from Jan. 8-17. Additionally, the HEAT will play 17 sets of back-to-back games, the same as the last two seasons.
Miami's busiest month is January, when it hits the hardwood 17 times. November brings the most home contests, with 10 of its 14 games in AmericanAirlines Arena. The most road games Miami will play in a month is 12, in January.
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