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Heat schedule includes early return for Wade and no Christmas game

The Miami Heat's 2016-17 schedule features an early date with Dwyane Wade on Nov. 10.
The Miami Heat's 2016-17 schedule features an early date with Dwyane Wade on Nov. 10. AP

An early return by Dwyane Wade, a pair of late-season home dates with LeBron James, and a rare day off on Christmas for the first time since 2008 are among the highlights in the Heat's 2016-2017 schedule released Thursday night.

As previously reported by the Miami Herald, Wade, the franchise's greatest player and a 12-time All-Star, will make his first and only return in the regular season to AmericanAirlines Arena with the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 10. It's Miami's fourth home game and seventh overall.

The game, which will be broadcast on TNT, is the first of five national ESPN/TNT appearances for the Heat, down from 11 a year ago. The national broadcasts: at home vs. Indiana on Dec. 14 (ESPN); at Chicago Jan. 27 (ESPN); at Dallas on Feb. 27 (TNT) and at Orlando on March 3 (ESPN). Miami will have eight other games on NBA TV and all but the two TNT games will broadcast by FoxSports Sun.

James and the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers will face the Heat four times this season after playing Miami only three times a season ago. The first meeting is Dec. 9 in Cleveland. The other three matchups are after the All-Star break with Miami hosting the Cavs on March 4 and again on April 10, two days before the Heat's regular season finale at home against the Wizards.

Miami Heat president Pat Riley addresses the team's "tough summer," Dwyane Wade's departure and the health status of Chris Bosh.

The Heat will face the Raptors, which knocked Miami out of the playoffs in May, four times including in Toronto on Nov. 4, the fifth game of the season for Miami. The other three meetings with the Raptors will take place over a span of 14 games from March 11 through April 7.

After the All-Star break, the Heat will play 14 of its final 25 games at home. But eight of those final 11 road games are against playoff teams from last season and 14 of the final 25 opponents overall were playoff teams.

Unlike last season when Miami enjoyed being at home a lot early in the year, the Heat will play 14 of its first 25 games on the road.

The team's longest stretch of consecutive road games is six when from Jan. 3-13 the Heat plays at Phoenix (Jan. 3), Sacramento (Jan. 4), the Los Angeles Lakers (Jan. 6) and Clippers (Jan. 8), at Golden State (Jan. 10) and at Milwaukee. Miami plays 10 of 13 on the road from Nov. 19 (at Washington) to Dec. 10 (at Chicago) and then nine of 11 on the road from Dec. 23 (at New Orleans) to Jan. 13.

The longest stretch of consecutive home games for the Heat is Dec. 12 to 22 when Miami hosts six straight against Washington (Dec. 12), Indiana (Dec. 14), the Clippers (Dec. 16), Boston (Dec. 18), Orlando (Dec. 20) and the Lakers (Dec. 22). Miami also plays eight of 10 at home from Jan. 17 to Feb. 4.

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Miami plays 15 back-to-backs, down from 17 last season. Five of those back-to-backs are in December and none of the 15 back-to-back games are at home for the fifth consecutive season. Seven back-to-backs are on the road overall with the other eight back-to-backs home/away or away/home splits.

The four Eastern Conference opponents the Heat are facing only three times this season are the Knicks, Nets, Pacers and Bulls. Last year, Miami faced the Celtics, Cavs, Bucks and 76ers only three times.

The Heat and Dolphins play regular season games on the same day only once -- New Year's Day when the Dolphins host the Patriots at 1 p.m. and the Heat hosts the Pistons later in the day at 6 p.m.

It marks the second consecutive year the Heat will play on New Year's Day. Miami is 6-0 all-time on Jan. 1.

The Heat and Miami Hurricanes play on the same day the final three Saturdays in November. UM is at Virginia and N.C. State on Nov. 12 and No. 19 and then home for Duke on Nov. 26. Kickoff times for those games have not been set. The Heat, meanwhile, is at home against Utah Nov. 12 with an 8 p.m. tipoff. The Nov. 19 game at the Wizards is a 7 p.m. tipoff and the home game against Memphis on Nov. 26 is an 8 p.m. tip.

A limited number of season tickets are available for sale according to the Heat. Partial ticket plans will go on sale Aug. 19 with individual tickets going on sale Sept. 16. For more information on ticket options, fans can contact the HEAT by visiting HEAT.com, by sending an email to seasons@heat.com or by calling 786-777-HOOP.

Heat schedule

Date

Opp.

Time

Oct. 26

at Orlando

7 p.m.

Oct. 28

Charlotte

8 p.m.

Oct. 30

San Antonio

6 p.m.

Nov. 1

Sacramento

7:30 p.m.

Nov. 4

at Toronto

7:30 p.m.

Nov. 7

at Oklahoma City

7 p.m.

Nov. 10

Chicago

8 p.m. (TNT)

Nov. 12

Utah

8 p.m.

Nov. 14

at San Antonio

7:30 p.m.

Nov. 15

Atlanta

7:30 p.m.

Nov. 17

Milwaukee

7:30 p.m.

Nov. 19

at Washington

7 p.m.

Nov. 21

at Philadelphia

7 p.m.

Nov. 23

at Detroit

7:30 p.m.

Nov. 25

at Memphis

7 p.m.

Nov. 26

Memphis

8 p.m.

Nov. 28

Boston

7:30 p.m.

Nov. 30

at Denver

7 p.m. (NBATV)

Dec. 1

at Utah

7 p.m.

Dec. 3

at Portland

7 p.m.

Dec. 6

New York

7:30 p.m.

Dec. 7

at Atlanta

7:30 p.m.

Dec. 9

at Cleveland

7:30 p.m.

Dec. 10

at Chicago

7 p.m. (NBATV)

Dec. 12

Washington

7:30 p.m. (NBATV)

Dec. 14

Indiana

7 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 16

L.A. Clippers

8 p.m.

Dec. 18

Boston

6 p.m.

Dec. 20

Orlando

7:30 p.m.

Dec. 22

L.A. Lakers

7:30 p.m.

Dec. 23

at New Orleans

7 p.m.

Dec. 27

Oklahoma City

7:30 p.m. (NBATV)

Dec. 29

at Charlotte

7 p.m.

Dec. 30

at Boston

7:30 p.m.

Jan. 1

Detroit

6 p.m.

Jan. 3

at Phoenix

7 p.m.

Jan. 4

at Sacramento

7:30 p.m.

Jan. 6

at L.A. Lakers

7:30 p.m.

Jan. 8

at L.A. Clippers

12:30 p.m.

Jan. 10

at Golden State

7:30 p.m. (NBATV)

Jan. 13

at Milwaukee

7 p.m.

Jan. 17

Houston

7:30 p.m. (NBATV)

Jan. 19

Dallas

7:30 p.m.

Jan. 21

Milwaukee

7:30 p.m.

Jan. 23

Golden State

7:30 p.m.

Jan. 25

at Brooklyn

7:30 p.m.

Jan. 27

at Chicago

7 p.m. (ESPN)

Jan. 28

Detroit

7:30 p.m.

Jan. 30

Brooklyn

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 1

Atlanta

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 4

Philadelphia

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 6

at Minnesota

7 p.m.

Feb. 8

at Milwaukee

7 p.m.

Feb. 10

at Brooklyn

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 11

at Philadelphia

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 13

Orlando

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 15

at Houston

7 p.m.

Feb. 24

at Atlanta

8 p.m.

Feb. 25

Indiana

8 p.m.

Feb. 27

at Dallas

8:30 p.m. (TNT)

March 1

Philadelphia

7:30 p.m.

March 3

at Orlando

7 p.m. (ESPN)

March 4

Cleveland

8 p.m.

March 6

at Cleveland

7 p.m.

March 8

Charlotte

7:30 p.m.

March 11

Toronto

8 p.m.

March 12

at Indiana

6 p.m. (NBATV)

March 15

New Orleans

7:30 p.m.

March 17

Minnesota

8 p.m.

March 19

Portland

6 p.m.

March 21

Phoenix

7:30 p.m.

March 23

Toronto

7:30 p.m.

March 26

at Boston

6 p.m.

March 28

at Detroit

7:30 p.m.

March 29

at New York

7:30 p.m.

March 31

New York

8 p.m.

April 2

Denver

6 p.m. (NBATV)

April 5

at Charlotte

7 p.m.

April 7

at Toronto

7:30 p.m.

April 8

at Washington

7 p.m.

April 10

Cleveland

7:30 p.m.

April 12

Washington

7:30 p.m.

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