Suns to host Clippers on Christmas night

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PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns will open their season Oct. 28 against the Los Angeles Clippers, the same team they will face in Phoenix on Christmas night.

Coach Alvin Gentry's Suns play their home opener Oct. 30 against the Golden State Warriors.

Phoenix plays 13 of its first 19 games on the road, including a five-game trip in early November that includes stops in Orlando and Boston.

The Suns face the reigning NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers on the road twice before facing them in Phoenix on Dec. 28.

Eastern Conference champion Orlando makes its only Phoenix stop Dec. 11 in a game to be televised nationally by ESPN.

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