Clippers open the season at home against Oklahoma City

The Clippers open the season against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 30

Doc Rivers and his Clippers team will open their 2014-15 season with a pair of back-to-back marquee games.

The Clippers start the season by playing host to the Oklahoma City Thunder, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, on Thursday, Oct. 30, at Staples Center at 7:30 p.m. The Thunder eliminated the Clippers in six games in their Western Conference semifinal series last spring.

Then the Clippers play a “road game” on Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31, at Staples Center against their hallway neighbors, the Lakers, at 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday the NBA released the schedules for all 30 teams.

The Clippers, who have grown in popularity with All-Stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, will again play on Christmas, when they face Pacific Division rival Golden State at Staples Center at 7:30 p.m.

The Clippers and Warriors have played numerous tense battles in the past two seasons, and the Clippers had to go to Game 7 to eliminate the Warriors in their first-round playoff series last May.

Other notable home games on the Clippers’ schedule: Monday, Nov. 10, against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs; Nov. 17 against Pau Gasol and his new team, the Chicago Bulls; and Friday, Jan. 16, against LeBron James and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Clippers’ longest trip of the season is an eight-game swing, opening Jan. 28 at Utah and ending Feb. 9 at Dallas.

The Clippers close out their regular season April 14 at Phoenix.


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