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ESPN Audio Tips Off 20th Consecutive Season of NBA Broadcasts This October

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ESPN Audio Tips Off 20th Consecutive Season of NBA Broadcasts This October

ESPN Audio's 20th consecutive year of broadcasting the NBA will feature 29 regular-season games and tips off Opening Night on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. ET (broadcast begins at 7 p.m.) with Tim Duncan and the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs hosting Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. Kevin Calabro returns as ESPN Radio's lead play-by-play voice, alongside analyst Jon Barry, with Marc Kestecher (commentator) and PJ Carlesimo (analyst) calling select games.

ESPN Audio will broadcast a Christmas Day doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m. (broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m.) with a Western Conference duel showcasing San Antonio against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, immediately followed by LeBron James' first game back in Miami as the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Heat.

ESPN Audio will also be the exclusive national broadcast home of NBA All-Star events, including the 64th All-Star Game from New York, the NBA Playoffs and the NBA Finals.

All broadcasts will be available on ESPN Radio, ESPNRadio.com and the ESPN Radio mobile app.

Additional highlights:

LeBron James' first game as a Cavalier when New York Knicks host the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 30;

Seven doubleheaders - December 25, January 25, February 8, March 1, March 8, March 15 and April 5;

Two Cleveland Cavaliers-Miami Heat matchups (Thursday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, April 2);
Two rematches of the 2013-14 Western Conference Finals series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 25 and March 24;
11 Cleveland Cavaliers games, eight featuring the Chicago Bulls, five Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers appearances and four San Antonio Spurs tilts;

Multiple appearances by the NBA's biggest superstars, including last year's MVP Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan and reigning Finals MVP Kawahi Leonard, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony.

*Note: Times reflect start of pre-game show; game broadcast begins one hour later

Date Time (ET) Game
Tue, Oct 28 7 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs
Thu, Oct 30 7 p.m. New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers
Thu, Dec 25 1:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
Follows Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat
Thu, Jan 15 7 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets
Mon, Jan 19 7 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sun, Jan 25 Noon Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls
Follows Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers
Thu, Feb 5 7 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sun, Feb 8 Noon Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder
Follows Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers
Thu, Feb 12 7 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls
Sat, Feb 14 TBD NBA All-Star Weekend: BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
TBD ESPN Radio Special: Meet the All Stars
TBD NBA All-Star Weekend: State Farm All-Star Saturday Night
Sun, Feb 15 TBD 64th NBA All-Star Game
Thu, Feb 19 7 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder
Sun, Feb 22 Noon Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks
Thu, Feb 26 7 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sun, Mar 1 Noon Los Angeles Clippers at Chicago Bulls
Follows Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers
Thu, Mar 5 9:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trailblazers
Sun, Mar 8 Noon Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs
Follows Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors
Sun, Mar 15 Noon Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder
Follows Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers
Wed, Mar 18 7 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls
Tue, Mar 24 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
Thu, Apr 2 7 p.m. Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sun, Apr 5 Noon Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder
Follows Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
Thu, Apr 9 9:30 p.m. Portland Trailblazers at Golden State Warriors
Wed, Apr 15 9:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors


About ESPN Audio

ESPN Radio, the country's largest sports radio network, ESPN DEPORTES Radio,ESPNRadio.com, and ESPN Podcasts comprise ESPN Audio.

ESPN Radio, which launched January 1, 1992, provides more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching 24 million listeners a week on 450 nationwide stations, including more than 360 full-time affiliates and clearance in the top 25 markets. ESPN owns and/or operates stations in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. ESPN Radio programming is also available on Sirius XM and via digital distributors iTunes Radio, Slacker Radio and Tune In.

ESPN Digital Audio includes one of the most listened to live stream of any terrestrial broadcaster in the world - reaching more than 714,000 listeners per month who logged more than 6.67 billion total listening minutes in 2013, with 15.4 million session starts per month (source: Ando Media). Additionally, ESPN Digital On Demand Contentlogged 216 million completed downloads in 2013 via the ESPN PodCenter and iTunes.

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