The Indiana Pacers announced Monday their 2004-05 National Basketball Association schedule, highlighted by the Nov. 6 home opener against Chicago, the traditional Thanksgiving night game, Nov. 25 (vs. Minnesota and 2003-04 MVP Kevin Garnett, 8:00 p.m.) and a Christmas Day home game (12:30 p.m.) against defending world champion Detroit. The games against the Timberwolves and the Pistons will be two of the Pacers’ 17 nationally-televised appearances on ABC, TNT or ESPN.
The Pacers will open on the road Nov. 3 at Cleveland and Nov. 5 at Boston before returning home to host the Bulls, Saturday, Nov. 6, at 8:00 p.m. in a game celebrating the fifth anniversary of the opening of Conseco Fieldhouse.
Other highlights on the home portion of the schedule include two visits from Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat (Wed., Feb. 23 and Thu., Mar. 31); two home dates (Sat., Dec. 25 and Thu., Jan. 27) with the Pistons, the Pacers’ opponent from the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals; Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers with one visit (Fri., Mar. 18); Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs (Wed., Mar. 23); Brad Miller and the Sacramento Kings (Sat., Dec. 11); Lebron James and Cleveland (Fri., Feb. 25 and Wed., Apr. 6); and Carmelo Anthony and Denver (Sat., Jan. 29).
The Pacers will have three appearances on ABC (vs. New Jersey, Sun., Mar. 20; vs. New York, Sun., Apr. 10; and at Miami, Sun., Apr. 17); five on TNT (Thanksgiving night against the Pistons; Thu., Jan. 6 at San Antonio; Thu., Jan. 27 vs. Detroit; Thu., Mar. 3 at Denver and Thu., Mar. 31 vs. Miami); and nine showings on ESPN, the first of which will be Fri., Nov. 19, when the Pacers play at Detroit.
Again this season, all games will be carried on 1070 WIBC. The Pacers’ television schedule on WB4 and Fox Sports Net will be announced at a later date.
The Pacers last season, led by MVP candidate Jermaine O’Neal and Defensive Player of the Year Ron Artest, won the Central Division and compiled a league-best and franchise-record 61-21 mark.
For information on season, half and mini season ticket plans, contact the Pacers’ Public Information Department at (317) 917-2500.
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