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NBA '95-96

Oct. 23, 1995
Oct. 23, 1995

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PRESEASON Oct. 28-29 NBA Challenge '95 in Mexico City; San Antonio vs. Washington and Detroit vs. Washington (yes, the Bullets play twice). Having established itself in Canada, the league shows its stuff in Mexico.BIG GAME Nov. 23Houston at Indiana. Would Reggie Miller and the Pacers have given Hakeem & Co. a better run for their money in last season's Finals than Orlando did? The two teams square off on Thanksgiving Day at Market Square Arena as the Pacers ponder what might have been.MILESTONES Nov. 3Charlotte at Chicago. Robert Parish begins his 20th NBA season, tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for career longevity. The Chief also needs 117 points to reach the 23,000 mark. Michael Jordan, with his first bucket of the season, will reach 22,000 points.Milwaukee at Boston. The Celtics open their new FleetCenter.Vancouver at Portland; New Jersey at Toronto. The two expansion teams play their first regular-season games. The Grizzlies, whose home opener is Nov. 5, help open Portland's new Rose Garden.BIG GAMES Nov. 11Miami at Orlando. This intrastate rivalry heats up now that Pat Riley has taken the helm in Miami. Riley's Knicks dropped their last three games in Orlando.Nov. 16New York at Golden State. The Knicks' new coach, Don Nelson, returns to Oakland to face the team he coached for six-plus seasons.MILESTONE Dec. 10Toronto at Vancouver. The two newest franchises meet in the first NBA matchup of two teams from the Great White North. Good news for Canada: One of them will come away with a rare expansion W.BIG GAMES Dec. 19Miami at New York. Heat coach Pat Riley returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time to take on the team he led to a 223-105 record in four seasons.Dec. 25Houston at Orlando. The NBA's Christmas present toits fans is a rematch of last season's Finals--and another installment of one of the game's best one-on-one matchups, between Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O'Neal. This is the first time the two teams have met since the Rockets swept the title series in four games.BIG GAME Jan. 3Houston at Chicago. The winners of the past five NBA titles square off for the first time since the return of Michael Jordan.MILESTONE Jan. 12 San Antonio at Utah. Based on his career average of 2.48 steals per game, John Stockton could break Maurice Cheeks's alltime NBA record for steals (2,310).MILESTONE Jan. 26Phoenix at Milwaukee. Based on his 23.3 ppg career scoring average, the Suns' Barkley could be in position in this game to record his 20,000th point.MILESTONE Jan. 28Phoenix at Chicago. Before the Super Bowl in Tempe, the world can tune in to Chicago to watch Charles Barkley, who--based on his career average of 11.6 boards per game--could be in position to record the 10,000th rebound of his career.ALL-STAR WEEKEND Feb. 10-11This year's festivities are at the Alamodome in San Antonio. First, rookies, three-point shooters and slam-dunk contestants are showcased onAll-Star Saturday. On Sunday the Eastern and Western conferences clash in the 46th midwinter classic. The West has won three of the last four games.PERSONNEL Feb. 22Trading deadline. The 16th Thursday of the season, at 9 p.m. EST, is designated as the final time for teams to unload a hefty contract or fortify the bench for a playoff run.BIG GAME Feb. 25New York at Phoenix. Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing can commiserate about their decade-long quests for an NBA title. In their Hall of Fame careers they have been named All-Stars 18 times; each has been to the Finals, but neither has been able to take home the top prize.MILESTONE Feb. 27Toronto at Houston. When an unsuspecting Raptor gets his shot swatted in this game, it might be a record breaker. At his current career pace of 3.6 blocks per game, Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon could get his 207th of the season in this game, which would push him past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's NBA career record of 3,189.BIG GAME March 1Golden State at Chicago. Ex-Bull B.J. Armstrong goes to the Windy City as a visitor for the first time.MILESTONE March 3Houston at L.A. Lakers. At his 20.8 ppg career pace, Clyde Drexler could score his 20,000th point, joining Hakeem Olajuwon, who enters this year 96 points shy.MILESTONES March 15Denver at Chicago. At his current pace, Michael Jordan could pass 2,000 points for the season for the ninth time, tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most seasons reaching that mark.March 24Charlotte at L.A. Lakers. If Robert Parish has miraculously played in each of the Hornets' preceding 66 games, he will become the alltime NBA leader in games played, breaking the record of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. This game will be the 1,561st for the center from Centenary College.BIG GAMES March 19Seattle at L.A. Lakers. March 21 L.A. Lakers at Seattle. With playoff time just around the corner, this Sonic-Laker home-and-home series could play a key role in the Pacific Division title race.PERSONNEL April 3-6Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. As players prepare for the postseason, G.M.'s and scouts will be in Portsmouth, Va., where top college prospects jockey for position in the '96 NBA draft.BIG GAME April 18Milwaukee at Charlotte.A matchup of two young teams in search of playoff success. For the Hornets, success is defined as making the conference finals. For the Bucks, just getting to the playoffs will do.MILESTONE April 19Charlotte at New York. Patrick Ewing could be in position to record his 20,000th NBA point. From the class of '85, only Karl Malone, who scored number 20,000 last season, has reached this total faster.POSTSEASON April 25Playoffs begin. (Finals open between May 31 and June 5, end by June 19.)