NBA commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City before tip-off of the game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Brooklyn Nets, part of the NBA Mexico City Games 2017. Oklahoma City also missed key players Paul George (right calf contusion) and Jerami Grant (left hip contusion).
The Thunder have not played any global regular-season games in the Oklahoma City era, but they played a preseason game in Manchester, England, in 2013.
Granted, the Nets are just 10-14 after Thursday's 100-95 win over the Thunder and they were a combined 41-123 over the prior two seasons.
According to The New York Times, the National Basketball Association intends to put a G League (former D League) team in Mexico City, potentially as soon as next season.
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Brooklyn improved to 10-14. LeVert added four foul shots in the final 19 seconds. Oklahoma City was up by nine at halftime and took a 79-74 lead into the fourth but did not lead after Westbrook's free throw with 7:38 to go. The Nets' games against the Thunder and Miami Heat this week are during the 25th anniversary of the NBA's first games in Mexico. Anthony shot 5 of 20, and the Thunder wound up at 38.8 percent. The Nets are heading to Mexico after an impressive second half showing Monday in a 110-90 victory at Atlanta, where they scored the first 17 points of the second half and led by as many as 29.
Brooklyn went on top for good at 87-85 on a 3-pointer by Crabbe on its next possession. The Nets will play in three countries in the first half of December. The Nets didn't get their 10th win last season until March 1.
"You've got to think about it like we're coming from Brooklyn and we're playing OKC", Brooklyn forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson said Tuesday. Nets F Quincy Acy and C Tyler Zeller opposed each other in Mexico City on December 3, 2015, when Acy was with Sacramento and Zeller was with Boston. "That was it. We slowed Russ down a little bit, and that kind of helped us".