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NBA releases 2016-17 schedule: Cavs-Knicks, Spurs-Warriors set for opening night

Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports

The NBA released its 2016-17 schedule Thursday, with the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers set to raise the city's first championship banner in 52 years when they open the regular season against the New York Knicks on Oct. 25.

Opening night will also see the Golden State Warriors host the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena, and the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers square off at the Moda Center.

Four of those teams are also featured in the league's Christmas Day quintuple-header, which includes Lakers-Clippers, Bulls-Spurs, Timberwolves-Thunder, Celtics-Knicks, and Cavaliers-Warriors.

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Kevin Durant will make his much anticipated return to Oklahoma City on Feb. 11, when the Thunder will host the Warriors at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Miami Heat fans will see a familiar face Nov. 10, when Dwyane Wade's Bulls come to town, while the Knicks' Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are set to make their Chicago return Nov. 4.

The Celtics' Al Horford will arrive back in Atlanta on Jan. 13 to play the Hawks.

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