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Thunder's 2011-12 Schedule Features Several Nationally Televised Games

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OKC's Kevin Durant and LA's Kobe Bryant meet at center court before the teams' game in February. OKC's Kevin Durant and LA's Kobe Bryant meet at center court before the teams' game in February.

If the NBA's 2011-12 season isn't interrupted because of the ongoing labor dispute, Oklahoma City's season opener is set to be a big one.

The NBA released its schedule Tuesday and it has the Oklahoma City Thunder traveling to the Staples Center for a November 1 season-opener against the Lakers. The game would be nationally televised on TNT at 9:30 p.m.

Other nationally-televised games for the Thunder on the schedule are the November fifth game at Dallas (NBATV), Nov. 10th at Chicago (TNT), Nov. 21 at San Antonio (NBATV), Nov. 23 vs. LA Lakers (ESPN), Nov. 30 at Golden State (NBATV), Dec. 1 at Denver (TNT), Dec. 10 at Houston (NBATV), Dec. 14 vs. Orlando (ESPN), Dec. 16 vs. San Antonio (ESPN), Dec. 23 at Miami (ESPN), Dec. 29 vs. Dallas (TNT), Jan. 16 at Boston (TNT), Feb. 1 at Dallas (ESPN), Feb. 9 at Sacramento (TNT), Feb. 10 at Utah (ESPN), Feb. 19 vs. Denver (ESPN), Feb. 22 vs. Boston (ESPN), Mar. 1 at Orlando (TNT), Mar. 2 at Atlanta (ESPN), Mar. 5 vs. Dallas (NBATV), Mar. 25 vs. Miami (NBATV), Mar. 29 at LA Lakers (TNT), Apr. 1 vs. Chicago (ABC), Apr. 6 vs. Portland (NBATV), Apr. 8 vs. LA Lakers (ABC) and Apr. 16 at LA Clippers (NBATV).

The Thunder advanced to the NBA's Western Conference Finals last season, losing in six games to the eventual NBA champion Dallas Mavericks.