Christmas game vs Spurs highlights Suns schedule

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A Christmas day home game against the San Antonio Spurs highlights the Phoenix Suns' 82-game schedule released by the NBA on Wednesday.

The Suns open their 41st NBA season at San Antonio on October 29th, then play their home opener the following night against the New Orleans Hornets.

Recently departed Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni brings his New York Knicks to town on December 15th.

After two of their first three at home, the Suns have a four-game road trip. Phoenix's longest trip is six games from January 18th through the 26th, with stops in Toronto, Boston, New York, Charlotte, Atlanta and Washington.

The Suns are scheduled to appear in nationally televised games 25 times, on either ABC, ESPN or TNT.