Thunder season debut, Christmas Day match-up released

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook celebrates after hitting a buzzer beating three-point shot to win the game against the Denver Nuggets following a basketball game Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Denver. Oklahoma City beat Denver 106-105. Westbrook also broke the NBA record for triple doubles with 42. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Two big Thunder match-ups for the 2017-2018 season have been released.

The Thunder are set to tip the season off at home Oct. 19 against the New York Knicks.

The team is also slated for Christmas Day rematch of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs as the Houston Rockets come to Oklahoma City. The rest of the 2017-2018 Thunder schedule is expected to be released next week.

The Thunder announced Thursday that newly acquired forward Patrick Patterson had undergone a successful knee procedure.

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