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NBA to hold regular-season games in Mexico and London

By Royce Young | NBA writer

The NBA will head to uncharted territory for the 2013-14 season.

The league announced Tuesday that it will for the first time stage regular-season games in two countries other than the United States and Canada in a season. The Nets will take on the Hawks in London at the the O2 Arena on Jan. 16 with the Spurs and Timberwolves playing in Mexico City on Dec. 4.

"We are very excited to once again represent the NBA in London," Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement. "The fans have always been very supportive, and we look forward to once again entertaining them with Brooklyn Nets basketball."

Said Spurs president of business operations Rick Pych: "Given the deep-rooted Mexican heritage of San Antonio and our proximity to the Mexican border, Mexico City is an ideal location for us to play our first regular-season game outside of the United States and Canada."

This is the third time that the Nets have made a trip to London. They played a preseason game there in 2008 and two regular-season games there against the Raptors in 2011. This is the first time that the Hawks have played outside North America in the regular season. (They also played a preseason game in London, in 1993.)

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