The Houston Rockets open the 2012-13 regular season at 6:30 p.m. (CT) on Oct. 31 at Detroit, which was announced today by the NBA as part of the 2012-13 league schedule. The Rockets make another stop at Atlanta on Nov. 2 before returning home to tip off the 10th season at Toyota Center by hosting LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers at 7:00 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Highlights on Houston’s 2012-13 slate include a holiday trip on Dec. 25 to Chicago to play the Bulls on ESPN, which will be followed by the Rockets helping to usher in the New Year for an 11th straight season with a 6:00 p.m. (CT) start at Toyota Center on Dec. 31 against the Hawks. Houston will also commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a 1:00 p.m. (CT) outing against the Bobcats in Charlotte on Jan. 21. The NBA world then descends on Houston for 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend from Feb. 15-17.
This season’s home lineup features an early visit by reigning NBA MVP LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the defending NBA champion Miami Heat on Nov. 12. Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers and the new-look New Orleans Hornets then invade Toyota Center on Nov. 14 and again on Jan. 2. Houston plays host to the Bulls on Nov. 21 before the much-anticipated match up with the New York Knicks on Nov. 23. Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and the L.A. Lakers make visits on Dec 4 and Jan. 8. The division-rival Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki make it to town on Dec. 8 and Mar. 3. The Rockets meet up with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center on Dec. 10 and Mar. 24. The Boston Celtics led by Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo pay a visit on Dec. 14. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder touch down in “Space City” on Dec. 29 and Feb. 20. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the L.A. Clippers come calling on Jan. 15 and Mar. 30. Deron Williams and his new Brooklyn Nets hit the floor at Toyota Center on Jan. 26. The Rockets open a season-long, seven-game homestand (Mar. 13-27) with the return of Goran Dragic, Luis Scola and the Phoenix Suns on Mar. 13.
Overall, Toyota Center will host 21 Rockets games before the midway point of the season. The team’s longest period away from home will be a four-game road trip from Jan. 16-21. In addition, Houston plays 21 sets of back-to-back games.
For more information go to http://www.rockets.com. Individual game tickets will go on sale at a later date.