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2012 NBA schedule: Thunder, Bulls battle on Thursday

Two of the league's best teams go head-to-head on Thursday night in the Windy City.

Mike McGinnis

Kevin Durant leads the Oklahoma City Thunder into the Windy City to face the still Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls who are trying to prove they can win without the former first overall pick on Thursday night. The Thunder, meanwhile, continue to adjust to life without James Harden as they begin this young season trying to defend their Western Conference championship from a season ago.

Before that though, two of the top teams from the Eastern and Western Conference from last season lock horns in San Antonio Monday night. The Spurs look to silence a dominate Pacers front court who average a league best 55 rebounds per contest. Indiana will be looking to hand the Spurs their first loss of the season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will head to the West Coast for a couple of games against the leaders of the Pacific Division. First up, it's the Los Angeles Clippers at 10:30 p.m. ET on Monday night followed by a trip up to the Bay Area on Wednesday to face the Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Here's a look at the key games early in the week. You can also find the full schedule over at SI.com.

Monday, 11/5: Indiana Pacers vs. San Antonio Spurs, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass

Monday, 11/5: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Ohio

Wednesday, 11/7: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Ohio

Thursday, 11/8: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.