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NBA releases full schedule, plans to mark 75th anniversary

FILE PHOTO: Aug 26, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; An empty court and bench is shown following the scheduled start time in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 26, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Milwaukee Buck have boycotted game 5 reportedly to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Mandatory Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA released the full schedule for the 2021-22 season on Friday, outlining just how it will celebrate its 75th season.

The league will do so by highlighting the teams and events that have shaped the league’s history, including a showcase of the three franchises — the Knicks, Celtics and Warriors — that have been a part of each season.

Earlier this week, the NBA released its opening day schedule — play will begin Oct. 19 — and the five marquee matchups set for Christmas Day.

The 2021-22 schedule is a return to the typical 82 games per team after a reduced number of games over the past two seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The league is holding what it calls “NBA 75 Classic Matchups” to mark its diamond jubilee year. They include:

• A Nov. 1 matchup between the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV) — 75 years after the league’s first regular-season game played between the Knicks and Toronto Huskies.

• The Knicks, Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors will face each over a three-game round-robin Dec. 14, 17 and 18.

• On Jan. 7, the Los Angeles Lakers will host the Atlanta Hawks (10 p.m. ET, ESPN) to mark the 50th anniversary of the Lakers’ 33rd straight victory, a win over the Hawks. The 33-game streak is still the longest winning streak in league history.

• The Oct. 19 season-opening games feature contests between the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets, as well as the Warriors and the Lakers.

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