76ers will open against the Heat

Posted: August 11, 2010

In a little over two months, the 76ers will open the 2010-11 season against the NBA's new must-see team: the Miami Heat.

The Sixers, who have made their own changes this off-season, will play Miami at the Wells Fargo Center - formerly the Wachovia Center - on Oct. 27.

The NBA released each team's regular-season schedule on Tuesday. October's season opener will be Miami's only trip to Philadelphia. After a sizzling off-season, the Heat, featuring superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, have become the NBA's rock-star squad.

The Sixers boast new head coach Doug Collins and rookie Evan Turner, as well as recently acquired center Spencer Hawes and forward Andres Nocioni, currently rehabbing a sprained ankle.

For the first time since the 2000-01 season, the Sixers will be without center Samuel Dalembert, who was traded in June. But the team will return promising point guard Jrue Holiday, swingman Andre Iguodala, and power forward Elton Brand.

The Sixers will have played nearly half of their road schedule by Jan. 3, including an eight-game road stretch over the holidays. Their schedule also features a five-game trip at the beginning of November, and a five-game trip in the middle of March.

The Sixers' longest home stand is four games over nine days, beginning Dec. 4.

Some of the marquee home matchups include games against the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers with Kobe Bryant on Dec. 17, the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics on Dec. 9 and March 11, and Dwight Howard's Orlando Magic on Feb. 9 and April 11.

The Sixers will play 21 sets of back-to-back games, and six before the end of November.

Contact staff writer Kate Fagan at 856-779-3844 or kfagan@phillynews.com.

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