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The Canadian Press
8/10/2010 5:41:46 PM
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NEW YORK -- Chris Bosh will return to Air Canada Centre on Feb. 16 when the Toronto Raptors host his Miami Heat.

The former Raptors star signed with the Heat earlier this summer, leaving Toronto after seven seasons.

According to the 2010-11 NBA schedule released Tuesday, the Raptors will also host the Heat in the regular-season finale on April 13 and visit Miami on Nov. 13 and Jan. 22.

Meanwhile, LeBron James' homecoming is set for Dec. 2 when the Heat visit Cleveland.

James left the Cavaliers last month to join Bosh and Heat star Dwyane Wade in Miami.

The league unveiled its full schedule Tuesday after releasing portions of it a week ago. The Heat's first game, on Oct. 26 at Boston, and first matchup with the defending champion Lakers on Christmas had already been announced.

Toronto's two games against New Jersey on March 4 and 5 in London had also been previously announced.

The Raptors will tip-off their 16th season at home on Oct. 27 against the New York Knicks. It's the earliest season-opener in franchise history.

Victoria's Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns make their only regular-season trip to Canada on Feb. 25.

James' Dec. 2 return to Cleveland will come nearly five months after he went on television to announce that he was spurning the Cavaliers and taking "my talents to South Beach" to join Wade, Bosh and the Heat, who pulled off a colossal coup by landing the three most coveted targets of this summer's free-agent period.

Cleveland comes to Miami on Dec. 15 and Jan. 31. The Heat also visit the Cavaliers on March 29.

The longest road trip the Heat will have is a five-game swing against Milwaukee, Portland, the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver and Chicago in the first portion of January, when the circus makes its annual stop at Miami's home arena.

Miami has two six-game homestands, the one in November followed by another against Chicago, Portland, the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis, San Antonio and Oklahoma City from March 6-16.

Under league rules, a team can be on national television as many as 34 times. The schedule released Tuesday shows Miami on national TV 29 times, with the other five remaining slots expected to be added onto the NBATV schedule based on fan votes for which games they would like to see on certain Tuesday nights throughout the season.

All four of Miami's games with Boston and Orlando are planned for national TV broadcasts.

By comparison, Cleveland -- a nationwide TV regular when James was starring there -- is scheduled to appear nationally just three times this season, one of those naturally being the Dec. 2 matchup with the Heat.

-- With files from The Associated Press

James, Wade and Bosh (Photo: Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

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