Report: Heat to start title defense vs. Bulls, get Lakers on Christmas

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The Miami Heat will reportedly start the season against the Chicago Bulls. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

A teen was hit by a stray bullet following the Miami Heat's second championship. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat will start their quest for a three-peat Oct. 29 at home against the Chicago Bulls, the South Florida Sun-Sentinelreports.

The game will be a rematch of the Eastern Conference Semifinals last season, which the Heat won in five games.

The newspaper reports that the NBA schedule has not being finalized but is nearly complete and should be released next week. That schedule is also subject to revision.

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