Celtics, 76ers to play National Basketball Association regular-season game in London next season

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The league announced Thursday that Boston will face the Philadelphia 76ers on January 11, 2018, in the historic O2 Arena.

It will be the second time the Celtics have traveled to England's capital, as they also played a preseason game there against the Minnesota Timberwolves back in 2007.

The Celtics' only other global regular-season game was on December 3, 2015, against the Sacramento Kings in Mexico City.

The contest will be the league's eighth regular-season contest in London, and it will mark the second appearance for Philadelphia and Boston after playing preseason games in London and Manchester, respectively. The addition of Fultz to a talented albeit unproven young core that includes 2016 No. 1 pick Ben Simmons, center Joel Embiid and power forward Dario Saric makes the 76ers one of the NBA's most intriguing teams next season.


"The Boston Celtics have enjoyed a loyal global following for decades, and we welcome the opportunity to connect again with our worldwide fans", Celtics Team President Rich Gotham said in a team release.

"We're thrilled to bring the Philadelphia 76ers to London, a special city with rich culture and tradition", said team president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo.

In other news, multiple reports indicated the Sixers will face the Knicks on Christmas Day at Madison Square Garden.

The NBA London Game will feature the Atlantic Division rivals who found themselves as trade partners prior to this year's draft.

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