Celtics to play 76ers in London for regular-season game

Source:AFP Published: 2017/8/10 23:23:39

The Boston Celtics will meet the Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena in London in January for a regular NBA game, league officials announced Thursday.

The game, to be played on January 11, will be the Celtics' second trip to London, having played Minnesota there in a 2007 preseason contest, and the first for the 76ers, whose prior British experience was a 2013 preseason game in Manchester against Oklahoma City.

The 76ers boast some of the NBA's top young talent, including 2016 NBA Draft top pick Ben Simmons of Australia, who missed all of last season with a foot injury, and 2017 top draft selection Markelle Fultz as well as 2016-17 campaign All-Rookie selections Joel Embiid of Cameroon and Dario Saric of Croatia.

"I look forward to coming back to London with the Sixers after visiting for the first time this summer," Embiid said. "We will be sure to give the fans an exciting game against Boston in January."

The Celtics feature two-time NBA All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, who led Boston with a career-high 28.9 points a game last season, plus newly acquired All-Star Gordon Hayward from Utah and four-time NBA All-Star Al Horford, the  team's top rebounder, from the Dominican Republic.

"It's very exciting for our team and the whole Celtics organization to compete in front of our loyal fans in London," Thomas said. "I can't wait to connect with them at the NBA London Game 2018 and hopefully make new fans in the process."

Counting preseason contests, it will be the NBA's 16th game in London.

"Our events have become an annual opportunity for basketball fans across Europe to come together and share their passion for the NBA," league Commissioner Adam Silver said.


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