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Thunder, Heat to meet on Christmas Day

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Thunder will get a pair of NBA Finals rematches against the Miami Heat next season, both to be played on holidays.

The Thunder will visit Miami on Christmas Day and host the Heat on Valentine's Day. Oklahoma City lost the finals to Miami in five games last season.

Oklahoma City opens the season at San Antonio on Nov. 1, with the home opener the following night against Portland. Other highlights of the schedule released Thursday night include a 5-game December homestand against the Lakers, Indiana, New Orleans, Sacramento and San Antonio.

There's a road-heavy stretch in mid-January, with nine out of 10 games played on the road. That includes a 6-game West Coast road trip.

Milwaukee visits Oklahoma City for the season finale April 17.

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