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ABC & ESPN Release 2015-16 NBA Schedule

ABC and ESPN will combine to televise 90 games during the 2015-16 NBA regular-season, all of which are either exclusive or full-national telecasts. Beginning January 23 at 8:30 p.m., ET, ESPN on ABC will launch its new, prime-time franchise, “NBA Saturday Night on ABC,” with a blockbuster matchup – the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James vs. the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose. The eight-game “NBA Saturday Night” on ABC franchise will feature star-studded, marquee games with multiple appearances by the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs. All games are also available on ESPN Deportes. More NBA on ABC highlights, including the full NBA Sunday Showcase schedule, are below.

 

NBA Saturday Night on ABC

DateTime (ET)TelecastNetwork(s)
Sat, Jan. 238:30 p.m.Chicago Bulls at Cleveland CavaliersABC, ESPN Deportes
Sat, Jan. 308:30 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland CavaliersABC, ESPN Deportes
Sat, Feb. 208:30 p.m.Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles ClippersABC, ESPN Deportes
Sat, Feb. 278:30 p.m.Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City ThunderABC, ESPN Deportes
Sat, Mar. 58:30 p.m.Houston Rockets at Chicago BullsABC, ESPN Deportes
Sat, Mar. 128:30 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio SpursABC, ESPN Deportes
Sat, Mar. 198:30 p.m.Golden State Warriors at San Antonio SpursABC, ESPN Deportes
Sat, Apr. 98:30 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago BullsABC, ESPN Deportes

 

NBA Christmas Day on ABC, ESPN

The NBA on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25, will air across ABC and ESPN. This year’s five-game slate, featuring 13 hours of continuous coverage, is highlighted by the much-anticipated NBA Finals rematch – the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and 2014-15 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry host the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James – at 5 p.m. exclusively on ABC. The ABC doubleheader will start at 2:30 p.m. with the Oklahoma City Thunder – led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook – hosting the Chicago Bulls – led by Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. NBA Countdown will precede the doubleheader on ABC at 2 p.m.

The Christmas Day schedule will begin on ESPN at 12 p.m. (noon) when the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade host the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis. ESPN will then televise a prime-time doubleheader featuring two rivalry contests. At 8 p.m., the Houston Rockets and James Harden will host the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan. At 10:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant square off with the cross-town rival Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul. All Christmas Day games are also available on ESPN Deportes.

 

NBA on Christmas Day – 13 consecutive hours of coverage

Time (ET)TelecastNetwork(s)
12 p.m. (noon)New Orleans Pelicans at Miami HeatESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
2 p.m.NBA CountdownABC
2:30 p.m.Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City ThunderABC, ESPN Deportes
5 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsABC, ESPN Deportes
8 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Houston RocketsESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles LakersESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

ESPN’s star-studded season-opening coverage

ESPN tips off its 2015-16 NBA regular-season coverage with a star-studded opening week of marquee matchups, beginning with a doubleheader Wednesday, Oct. 28. First, the Oklahoma City Thunder – led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook – will host the San Antonio Spurs – led by Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge – at 8 p.m. The nightcap highlights the top two 2015 NBA Draft picks – the Minnesota Timberwolves and Karl-Anthony Towns vs. the Los Angeles Lakers and D’Angelo Russell – at 10:30 p.m.NBA Countdown will precede the doubleheader at 7 p.m.

Coverage continues on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. when the Miami Heat visit the Cleveland Cavaliers as LeBron James faces his former team, led by Dwyane Wade, in Cleveland’s home-opener. At 9:30 p.m., the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry visit the Houston Rockets and James Harden in a Western Conference Finals rematch.

NBA on ABC highlights

  • Six appearances by the defending Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James (16 total across ABC and ESPN);
  • Five appearances each by the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and reigning 2014-15 Kia NBA MVPStephen Curry, the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose (against Cleveland on debut of NBA Saturday Night on ABC), and the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant;
  • Defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors run through the Western Conference gauntlet on NBA Saturday Night on ABC: at Los Angeles Clippers Feb. 20, at Oklahoma City Thunder Feb. 27 and at San Antonio Spurs Mar. 19;
  • Multiple appearances each by the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan, the Houston Rockets and James Harden, the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul;
  • Eastern Conference showdown book-ends NBA Saturday Night on ABC schedule – Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James vs. Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose, Sat, Jan. 23 and Sat, Apr. 9;
  • Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James vs. Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant on NBA Sunday Showcase, Feb. 21;
  • LeBron James reignites rivalry with the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 30 edition of NBA Saturday Night on ABC.

NBA Sunday Showcase

DateTime (ET)TelecastNetwork(s)
Sun, Jan. 313:30 p.m.Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles ClippersABC, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Feb. 72 p.m.Los Angeles Clippers at Miami HeatABC, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Feb. 213:30 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Oklahoma City ThunderABC, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Mar. 63:30 p.m.Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles LakersABC
Sun, Mar. 133:30 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles ClippersABC
Sun, Apr. 33:30 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston RocketsABC

NBA on ESPN highlights

  • 10 appearances each by the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry, the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James, the Houston Rockets and James Harden, Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul, and the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant;
  • Nine appearances each by the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant and the San Antonio Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge (including Wed, Oct. 28 – ESPN’s opening night);
  • Eight appearances each by the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose, the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis, and the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade;
  • ESPN’s first night of NBA coverage highlighted by top two 2015 NBA Draft picks head-to-head: Minnesota Timberwolves and Karl-Anthony Towns visit the Los Angeles Lakers and D’Angelo Russell;
  • Los Angeles Clippers and DeAndre Jordan visit the Dallas Mavericks on Wed, Nov. 11;
  • Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James host the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade Fri, Oct. 30, as James faces his former teammate Wade during ESPN’s opening week of coverage;
  • Special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day telecast, Mon, Jan. 18 – New Orleans Pelicans at Memphis Grizzlies;
  • Several cross-town and intrastate rivalry games: Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors on Wed, Nov. 4; Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks on Fri, Dec. 4; San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets on Christmas Day; Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day;  Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs on Wed, Jan. 27; San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks on Fri, Feb. 5; Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks on Wed, Apr. 6;
  • LeBron/Cavaliers vs. Kobe/Lakers on Wed, Feb. 10.

NBA on ESPN – (regular windows on Wednesdays & Fridays)

DateTime (ET)TelecastNetwork(s)
Wed, Oct. 288 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City ThunderESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles LakersESPN, WatchESPN
Fri, Oct. 307 p.m.Miami Heat at Cleveland CavaliersESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
9:30 p.m.Golden State Warriors at Houston RocketsESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Wed, Nov. 48 p.m.New York Knicks at Cleveland CavaliersESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State WarriorsESPN, WatchESPN
Fri, Nov. 68 p.m.Miami Heat at Indiana PacersESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsESPN, WatchESPN
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8 p.m.Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas MavericksESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail BlazersESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Wed, Nov. 188 p.m.New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City ThunderESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Chicago Bulls at Phoenix SunsESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Fri, Nov. 208 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans PelicansESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Chicago Bulls at Golden State WarriorsESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Fri, Dec. 47 p.m.Brooklyn Nets at New York KnicksESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
9:30 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at New Orleans PelicansESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Wed, Dec. 97 p.m.Chicago Bulls at Boston CelticsESPN, WatchESPN
9:30 p.m.Atlanta Hawks at Dallas MavericksESPN, WatchESPN
Fri, Dec. 117 p.m.Miami Heat at Indiana PacersESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
9:30 p.m.Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio SpursESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Wed, Dec. 168 p.m.Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago BullsESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles ClippersESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Fri, Dec. 188 p.m.Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio SpursESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix SunsESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Fri, Dec. 2512 p.m.New Orleans Pelicans at Miami HeatESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
8 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Houston RocketsESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles LakersESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Wed, Jan. 67 p.m.New York Knicks at Miami HeatESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
9:30 p.m.Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City ThunderESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan. 88 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota TimberwolvesESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles LakersESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Wed, Jan. 138 p.m.Indiana Pacers at Boston CelticsESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Miami Heat at Los Angeles ClippersESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan. 157 p.m.Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City ThunderESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
9:30 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Houston RocketsESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Mon, Jan. 182:30 p.m.New Orleans Pelicans at Memphis GrizzliesESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Wed, Jan. 208 p.m.Golden State Warriors at Chicago BullsESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Atlanta Hawks at Portland Trail BlazersESPN, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan. 228 p.m.Miami Heat at Toronto RaptorsESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Indiana Pacers at Golden State WarriorsESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Wed, Jan. 278 p.m.Houston Rockets at San Antonio SpursESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Dallas Mavericks at Golden State WarriorsESPN, WatchESPN
Wed, Feb. 38 p.m.Golden State Warriors at Washington WizardsESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles ClippersESPN, WatchESPN
Fri, Feb. 57 p.m.Indiana Pacers at Atlanta HawksESPN, WatchESPN
9:30 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Dallas MavericksESPN, WatchESPN
Sat, Feb. 69 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State WarriorsESPN, WatchESPN
Wed, Feb. 108 p.m.Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland CavaliersESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Houston Rockets at Portland Trail BlazersESPN, WatchESPN
Fri, Feb. 198 p.m.Indiana Pacers at Oklahoma City ThunderESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Boston Celtics at Utah JazzESPN, WatchESPN
Sun, Feb. 218 p.m.Los Angeles Lakers at Chicago BullsESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Wed, Feb. 248 p.m.Washington Wizards at Chicago BullsESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento KingsESPN, WatchESPN
Fri, Feb. 268 p.m.Chicago Bulls at Atlanta HawksESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles LakersESPN, WatchESPN
Wed, Mar. 28 p.m.New Orleans Pelicans at Houston RocketsESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles ClippersESPN, WatchESPN
Fri, Mar. 48 p.m.Washington Wizards at Cleveland CavaliersESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Atlanta Hawks at Los Angeles LakersESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Wed, Mar. 97 p.m.Miami Heat at Milwaukee BucksESPN, WatchESPN
9:30 p.m.Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City ThunderESPN, WatchESPN
Mon, Mar. 148 p.m.Memphis Grizzlies at Houston RocketsESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State WarriorsESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Wed, Mar. 167 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder at Boston CelticsESPN, WatchESPN
9:30 p.m.Los Angeles Clippers at Houston RocketsESPN, WatchESPN
Wed, Mar. 238 p.m.Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland CavaliersESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail BlazersESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Fri, Apr. 18 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta HawksESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Boston Celtics at Golden State WarriorsESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Wed, Apr. 67 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana PacersESPN, WatchESPN
9:30 p.m.Houston Rockets at Dallas MavericksESPN, WatchESPN
Wed, Apr. 138 p.m.Orlando Magic at Charlotte HornetsESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m.Utah Jazz at Los Angeles LakersESPN, WatchESPN

 In addition to the 90-game regular-season, ABC and ESPN will combine to televise up to 44 NBA Playoffs games, finishing with the exclusive presentation of the 2016 NBA Finals on ABC and including ESPN’s exclusive Eastern Conference Finals coverage. In addition, the NBA Countdown pre-game show will generally preview ABC and ESPN games or doubleheaders 30 minutes prior to game time.

All ESPN games will also be available on WatchESPN. ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes will also have NBA game coverage throughout the season.

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