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Rockets Announce Schedule for 2021-22 NBA Season

Posted: August 20, 2021 -- 3:53 p.m. CT

The Houston Rockets today announced their schedule for the 2021-22 NBA season, which the league is celebrating as its 75th anniversary. This marks the Rockets 55th season as an NBA franchise and their 51st in Houston. The NBA is returning to the standard 82-game regular season following a 72-game schedule in each of the past two seasons.

The Rockets preseason schedule consists of four games, with the first two at Toyota Center vs. Washington on Oct. 5 and vs. Miami on Oct. 7. Houston closes out the preseason with games at Toronto on Oct. 11 and at San Antonio on Oct. 15.

AT&T SportsNet will broadcast both preseason home games and the entire 82-game regular season schedule. All games will be available on the radio broadcast home of the Houston Rockets, SportsTalk 790 KBME and NewsRadio 740 KTRH as well as in Spanish on TUDN 1010 AM.

The Rockets open the regular season at Minnesota on Oct. 20 before playing three of four games at Toyota Center, including the home opener vs. Oklahoma City on Oct. 22. Houston will play five straight road games three times this season, with the first set coming from Oct. 31 through Nov. 7.

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Following a three-game homestand from Nov. 10-14, Houston has a four-game road trip from Nov. 15-22 followed by a stretch of seven of eight at home from Nov. 24 through Dec. 10.

From Dec. 11-27, the Rockets will play eight of nine on the road before a three-game homestand which includes a New Year’s Eve matchup vs. Miami and New Year’s Day game vs. Denver. The last two times Houston played on New Year's Day was in 2001 and 1981.

The Rockets will play seven of nine on the road from Jan. 3-21 before a season-long five-game homestand from Jan. 24 through Feb. 2. Five of Houston's final seven games heading into All-Star break will be on the road.

Houston's first game post All-Star break is at Orlando on Feb. 25, followed by a stretch with 10 of 13 games at Toyota Center from Feb. 27 through March 21. The Rockets have a three-game road trip from March 23-26 before wrapping up the season by playing five of seven at home, including the finale vs. Atlanta on April 10.

The NBA Play-In Tournament is returning for a second season and is scheduled from April 12-15 and will feature the teams with the seventh-highest through the 10th-highest winning percentages in each conference competing for the final two playoff seeds in both the East and West.

This season, the Rockets will face each NBA team at least once at home and once on the road, including Western Conference opponents twice both home and away, except for the following: Denver (1 home, 2 road), Golden State (1 home, 2 road), L.A. Clippers (2 home, 1 road), and Minnesota (2 home, 1 road).

The Rockets have 13 sets of back-to-back games this season, including five from Dec. 10 through Jan. 1 and four in March. Four sets are both home games while three feature road games in multiple cities.

Houston will play 13 games on Monday (5 home), seven on Tuesday (3 home), 18 on Wednesday (8 home), six on Thursday (3 home), 17 on Friday (10 home), seven on Saturday (2 home), and 14 on Sunday (10 home).

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2021-22 Houston Rockets Preseason Schedule (schedule subject to change)

Date (Day)
Time (CT) / Result
Oct. 5 (Tue) W, 125-119. vs Washington AT&T SportsNet
Oct. 7 (Thu) L, 113-106. vs Miami AT&T SportsNet
Oct. 11 (Mon) L, 107-92. at Toronto no tv
Oct. 15 (Fri) L, 126-98. at San Antonio no tv

2021-22 Houston Rockets Regular Season Schedule (schedule subject to change)

NOTE: NBA TV broadcasts are not available in the Houston area

Date (Day)
Time (CT) / Result
Oct. 20 (Wed) L, 124-106. at Minnesota AT&T SportsNet
Oct. 22 (Fri) W, 124-91. vs Oklahoma City AT&T SportsNet
Oct. 24 (Sun) L, 107-97. vs Boston AT&T SportsNet / NBA TV
Oct. 26 (Tue) L, 116-106. at Dallas AT&T SportsNet
Oct. 28 (Thu) L, 122-91. vs Utah AT&T SportsNet
Oct. 31 (Sun) L, 95-85. at Los Angeles Lakers AT&T SportsNet


Date (Day)
Time (CT) / Result
Nov. 2 (Tue) L, 119-117. at Los Angeles Lakers AT&T SportsNet
Nov. 4 (Thu) L, 123-111. at Phoenix AT&T SportsNet / NBA TV
Nov. 6 (Sat) L, 95-94. at Denver AT&T SportsNet
Nov. 7 (Sun) L, 120-107. at Golden State AT&T SportsNet
Nov. 10 (Wed) L, 112-104. vs Detroit AT&T SportsNet / ESPN
Nov. 12 (Fri) L, 104-92. vs Portland AT&T SportsNet
Nov. 14 (Sun) L, 115-89. vs Phoenix AT&T SportsNet
Nov. 15 (Mon) L, 136-102. at Memphis AT&T SportsNet
Nov. 17 (Wed) L, 101-89. at Oklahoma City AT&T SportsNet
Nov. 20 (Sat) L, 106-99. at New York AT&T SportsNet
Nov. 22 (Mon) L, 108-90. at Boston AT&T SportsNet
Nov. 24 (Wed) W, 118-113. vs Chicago AT&T SportsNet
Nov. 27 (Sat) W, 146-143 in OT. vs Charlotte AT&T SportsNet
Nov. 29 (Mon) W, 102-89. vs Oklahoma City AT&T SportsNet

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Date (Day)
Time (CT) / Result
Dec. 1 (Wed) W, 114-110. at Oklahoma City AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 3 (Fri) W, 118-116. vs Orlando AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 5 (Sun) W, 118-108. vs New Orleans AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 8 (Wed) W, 114-104. vs Brooklyn AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 10 (Fri) L, 123-114. vs Milwaukee AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 11 (Sat) L, 113-106. at Memphis AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 13 (Mon) W, 132-126. at Atlanta AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 15 (Wed) L, 124-89. at Cleveland AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 16 (Thu) L, 116-103. vs New York AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 18 (Sat) W, 116-107. at Detroit AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 20 (Mon) L, 133-118. at Chicago AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 22 (Wed) L, 126-106. at Milwaukee AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 23 (Thu) L, 118-106. at Indiana AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 27 (Mon) L, 123-99.. at Charlotte AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 28 (Tue) L, 132-123. vs Los Angeles Lakers AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 31 (Fri) L, 120-110. vs Miami AT&T SportsNet

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Date (Day)
Time (CT) / Result
Jan. 1 (Sat) L, 124-111. vs Denver AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 3 (Mon) L, 133-113. at Philadelphia AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 5 (Wed) W, 114-111. at Washington AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 7 (Fri) L, 130-106. vs Dallas AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 9 (Sun) L, 141-123. vs Minnesota AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 10 (Mon)

Rescheduled from Jan. 24 (Mon)

L, 111-91. vs Philadelphia AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 12 (Wed) W, 128-124. at San Antonio AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 14 (Fri) L, 126-114 at Sacramento AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 16 (Sun) W, 118-112. at Sacramento AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 19 (Wed) W, 116-111. at Utah AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 21 (Fri) L, 105-103. at Golden State AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 25 (Tue) L, 134-104. vs San Antonio AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 28 (Fri) L, 125-110. vs Portland AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 31 (Mon) L, 122-108. vs Golden State AT&T SportsNet

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Date (Day)
Time (CT) / Result
Feb. 2 (Wed) W, 115-104. vs Cleveland AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 4 (Fri) L, 131-106. at San Antonio AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 6 (Sun) L, 120-105. vs New Orleans AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 8 (Tue) L, 110-97. at New Orleans AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 10 (Thu) W, 139-120. vs Toronto AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 14 (Mon) L, 135-101. at Utah AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 16 (Wed) L, 124-121. at Phoenix AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 17 (Thu) L, 142-111. at LA Clippers AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 25 (Fri) L, 119-111. at Orlando AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 27 (Sun) L, 99-98. vs LA Clippers AT&T SportsNet

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Date (Day)
Time (CT) / Result
Mar. 1 (Tue) L, 113-100. vs LA Clippers AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 2 (Wed) L, 132-127 in OT. vs Utah AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 4 (Fri) L, 116-111. at Denver AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 6 (Sun) W, 123-112. vs Memphis AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 7 (Mon) L, 123-106. at Miami AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 9 (Wed) W, 139-130 in OT. vs Los Angeles Lakers AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 11 (Fri) L, 113-100. vs Dallas AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 13 (Sun) L, 130-105. at New Orleans AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 16 (Wed) L, 129-112. vs Phoenix AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 18 (Wed) L, 121-118. vs Indiana AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 20 (Sun) L, 122-98. vs Memphis AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 21 (Mon) W, 115-97. vs Washington AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 23 (Wed) L, 110-91. at Dallas AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 25 (Fri) W, 125-106. at Portland AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 26 (Sat) W, 115-98. at Portland AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 28 (Mon) L, 123-120. vs San Antonio AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 30 (Wed) L, 121-118. vs Sacramento AT&T SportsNet

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Date (Day)
Time (CT) / Result
Apr. 1 (Fri) L, 122-117. vs Sacramento AT&T SportsNet
Apr. 3 (Sun) L, 139-132. vs Minnesota AT&T SportsNet
Apr. 5 (Tue) L, 118-105. at Brooklyn AT&T SportsNet
Apr. 8 (Fri) L, 117-115. at Toronto AT&T SportsNet
Apr. 10 (Sun) L, 130-114. vs Atlanta AT&T SportsNet

End of Season. Rockets finish the season 20-62.

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