Indiana Pacers will meet Denver Nuggets in seventh London NBA Global Game


The 2016-17 edition of the NBA Global Games will pit the Denver Nuggets against the Indiana Pacers.
The match will take place at London’s O2 Arena on January 12.
It will be the seventh time that the English capital will stage a regular season encounter and will also mark both teams’ first trip to the U.K.
Last year’s encounter was an overtime thriller as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic 106-103.
And speaking about the announcement, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expressed his delight at the NBA returning to London.
‘We are thrilled to return for our seventh regular-season game in London,’ he said.
‘With almost 25 percent of players in the NBA born outside of the United States, we are seeing first-hand the global growth of our game, which has never been more popular in the U.K.’
The Nuggets will be this year’s hosts as they look to make a push for the play-offs.
The Western Conference outfit currently features Italian Danilo Gallinari, who led the team in scoring last season with a career-high 19.5 points per game, and America’s 2014 FIBA World Cup gold medalist Kenneth Faried.
‘It will be a true honour and a great experience to represent both the Nuggets and the NBA in London as part of the NBA Global Games in 2017,’ Gallinari said.
‘Our entire team and organization are looking forward to this opportunity to showcase our league to fans overseas.’
Gary Harris, Denver’s rising star, was at the official announcement of next season’s match in London.
The 21-year-old is an Indiana native and will come against his hometown franchise.
The Pacers are currently led by three-time NBA All-Star and 2016 USA Basketball team member Paul George and 2015 NBA All-Star point guard Jeff Teague.
‘I’m really excited and thankful the NBA is allowing us to reach out to our fans in London,’ George said ahead of next year’s trip.
‘This is great exposure for our team and our franchise. I think it will be a great experience for us and the fans in attendance.’
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