Wolves’ 2016-17 schedule includes Christmas matchup with Thunder

The Minnesota Timberwolves' 2016-17 schedule features the franchise's first Christmas Day game.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are celebrating the holidays with a matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder this season.

The Wolves’ 2016-17 schedule was released on Thursday afternoon, highlighted by a game against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder on Christmas Day and coach Tom Thibodeau’s first meeting with his former team — the Chicago Bulls — on Dec. 13.

The Wolves open the season on Oct. 26 with a road game against the Memphis Grizzlies, before returning to Minneapolis for their home opener — also against the Grizzlies — on Nov. 1.

Reigning Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns and the Wolves will get their first crack at LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road on Feb. 1, followed by a home rematch against the defending NBA champs on Feb. 14.