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Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics To Play Regular-Season Game In London

Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics To Play Regular-Season Game In London News

LONDON — The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) announced today that the NBA London Game 2018 will feature the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics playing a regular-season game at The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Tickets for the game will go on sale in October 2017.  Fans can register their interest for tickets to the NBA London Game 2018 and gain access to bespoke content, presale information and more by visiting NBA.com/London.

The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK, by the NBA’s broadcast partners across EMEA and on NBA LEAGUE PASS International.

The Philadelphia 76ers’ current roster features 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie First Team members Joel Embiid (Cameroon), who led all rookies in points and rebounds and Dario Šarić (Croatia), who was twice named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month during the 2016-17 season, as well as 2016 and 2017 No. 1 overall draft picks, Ben Simmons (Australia) and Markelle Fultz (U.S.), respectively.  The Celtics’ roster currently features two-time NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas (U.S.), who last season led the team in scoring with a career-high 28.9 points per game, 2017 NBA All-Star Gordon Hayward (U.S.) and four-time NBA All-Star Al Horford (Dominican Republic), who last season led the team in rebounds.

 

The game will mark the league’s eighth regular-season game in London and the Celtics’ second game in the capital, having played a preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2007.  The 76ers will be playing their second game in the UK and first game in London, having previously played a preseason game in Manchester against the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2013.

In addition to the oncourt action, the NBA London Game 2018 will feature a variety of interactive fan activities, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives and Jr. NBA basketball programming that will bring the NBA experience to fans in London.

Fans in the UK can find more NBA information at NBA.com/UK, the league’s official online destination in the UK, and on Facebook (NBA UK) and Twitter (@NBAUK).  Fans can also purchase all the latest 76ers and Celtics merchandise at NBAStore.eu and at The O2 on game night.

Executive/Player Quotes:

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver:

“This will be our 16th game in London where our events have become an annual opportunity for basketball fans across Europe to come together and share their passion for the NBA.”

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid:

“I look forward to coming back to London with the Sixers after visiting for the first time this summer.  We are a young, hungry team and will be sure to give the fans an exciting game against Boston in January.”

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas:

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