The Washington Times - July 26, 2012, 07:45PM

The Washington Wizards announced their 2012-13 regular season schedule on Thursday. They will open the season on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The home opener will be on Sat., Nov. 3, against the Boston Celtics.

The Wizards will play 23 of their 41 home games on weekends – with 10 Friday games, 11 Saturday games and two Sunday games.


“We have had a very productive offseason and we are looking forward to being back on the court at Verizon Center when we open our home schedule against Boston,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld in a statement.

“We feel confident that the moves we have made will help us build on the positive momentum we saw at the end of last season and that our fans will be excited about the team that we’ll have on the floor.”

A few schedule highlights will be visits from the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat on Dec. 4 and April 10, the L.A. Lakers on Dec. 14 and the L.A. Clippers on Feb. 4.

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will come to Verizon Center on Jan. 7, the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 4 and Feb. 8 and the New York Knicks on Feb. 6 and March 1.

The home finale will take place on April 12 when the Wizards host the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Wizards will have eight three-game homestands and will host three sets of back-to-back home games (Jan. 25/26 vs. Minnesota/Chicago, Feb. 22/23 vs. Denver/Houston and March 15/16 vs. New Orleans/Phoenix).

The team’s longest road trip will take place from Jan. 16-23 when they head west to visit the Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets, the L.A. Clippers, Portland Trailblazers and Utah Jazz.

The most condensed part of the schedule will be Dec. 11-22, when they will play eight games in 12 days.

All the Eastern Conference will visit Verizon Center twice with the exception of Boston (Nov. 3) and Cleveland (Dec. 26). The Wizards will visit Milwaukee (Feb. 11) and Philadelphia (Jan. 30) only once.

All home games will tip off at 7:00 p.m., with the exception of Sunday games on Jan. 1 vs. the Dallas Mavericks, March 3 vs. the 76ers, and March 31 vs. the Toronto Raptors, all of which will be 6p.m. tipoffs.