BOSTON -- The Celtics are going international.
The team and the NBA announced this morning that the C's and the Philadelphia 76ers will square off in the NBA London Game 2018 at The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 11. It will be the Sixers' home game, meaning Boston will not lose a TD Garden date.
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“The Boston Celtics have enjoyed a loyal global following for decades, and we welcome the opportunity to connect again with our international fans,” said team president Rich Gotham. “We’re happy to be returning to London to play our rivals the 76ers in front of London’s fans, and look forward to the exciting atmosphere at The O2.”
From the Celtics' press release:
This will mark the first time that the Celtics have played a regular season game in London, and the eighth time that the NBA has hosted a game in London during the regular season. Boston’s only other regular season contest outside the United States or Canada came on Dec. 3, 2015 against the Sacramento Kings in Mexico City, Mexico. The Celtics have also participated in eight international exhibition games spanning across Madrid, Rome, London, Istanbul and Milan.