NBA Global Games born September 1978
The history of NBA London dates back to 30th October 1993 when Orlando Magic defeated the Atlanta Hawks 120-95 at the London Arena. Atlanta got their revenge the very next evening with 113-101 victory over the Magic. To get the real history of NBA London you have to all the way back to 1978 when the NBA Global Games was founded.
The concept was a pretty simple one; an NBA team would play a game outside North America either against a foreign team or another NBA team. On 7th September 1978 the Washington Bullets played Maccabi Tel Aviv. The Bullets, the then NBA Champions would lose out to Tel Aviv by one point 98-97. The Washington Bullets would then play 3 more games the following year; 2 in China and one in the Philippinnes.
It seemed one of America’s best loved sports had a big draw overseas and the Global Games really took off from there. In fact 2001 and is the only year the NBA have not sent teams abroad to play a game since 1993! They have played anywhere from Japan to Brazil to Mexico and beyond. Other sports have followed suit too with the NFL London series becoming hugely popular in the UK and talk of Major League Baseball coming to Great Britain soon too.
The NBA Global Games have hosted regular season matches in the UK (known as NBA London) since 2011. We have been blessed with some amazing teams and indeed competitive matches played at the O2 Arena in London. The games are regularly a sell out with tickets in hot demand. Historically the NBA London matches attract many A-list celebrities to be seen courtside as the cream of the crop go at it in the capital. While the history of NBA London is steeped with some amazing victories, we know for sure that the popularity of NBA London will only increase.
History of NBA London:
|30th Oct 1993||Orlando Magic||120||Atlanta Hawks||95||London Arena, London|
|31st Oct 1993||Atlanta Hawks||113||Orlando Magic||101||London Arena, London|
|10th Oct 2007||Boston Celtics||92||Minnesota Timberwolves||81||The O2 Arena, London|
|12th Oct 2008||Miami Heat||92||New Jersey Nets||94||The O2 Arena, London|
|6th Oct 2009||Utah Jazz||101||Chicago Bulls||102||The O2 Arena, London|
|4th Oct 2010||Los Angeles Lakers||92||Minnesota Timberwolves||111||The O2 Arena, London|
|4th Mar 2011||Toronto Raptors||103||New Jersey Nets||116||The O2 Arena, London|
|5th Mar 2011||Toronto Raptors||136||New Jersey Nets||137||The O2 Arena, London|
|8th Oct 2013||Oklahoma City Thunder||103||Philadelphia 76ers||99||Phones4u Arena, Manchester|
|17th Jan 2013||New York Nicks||102||Detroit Pistons||87||The O2 Arena, London|
|16th Jan 2014||Brooklyn Nets||127||Atlanta Hawks||110||The O2 Arena, London|
|15th Jan 2015||New York Nicks||79||Milwaukee Bucks||95||The O2 Arena, London|
|14th Jan 2016||Orlando Magic||103||Toronto Raptors||106||The O2 Arena, London|
|12th Jan 2017||Denver Nuggets||140||Indiana Pacers||112||The O2 Arena, London|
|11th Jan 2018||Boston Celtics||114||Philadelphia 76ers||103||The O2 Arena, London|
|17th Jan 2019||New York Nicks||TBC||Washington Wizards||TBC||The O2 Arena, London|