History of NBA London

history of nba london

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:

Date Home Score Away Score Venue
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