History of the NBA Global Games
35 years. 147 games.
The Totals
The 2013 Global Games mark the 35th anniversary of the NBA's first trip abroad
Walter Mondale on the Bullets' 1979 trip to China
63-11
NBA teams' record against FIBA teams in games played overseas
20
Different countries
43
Total cities
7
Regular-season games
Starting with the Bullets' trip to Israel, four NBA teams played a total of 23 international games in six different countries between 1978 and '88. Three of the league's 11 all-time international losses came during that period -- all to Maccabi Tel Aviv. (Note: Totals are current as of Jan. 10, 2014)
Bullets Exhibition Game
9/7/1978
Tel Aviv, Israel
Maccabi Tel Aviv 98, Washington Bullets 97
The first-ever game between an NBA and International Basketball Federation (FIBA) team.
Washington Bullets Exhibition Games
8/24/1979
Beijing, China
Washington Bullets 96, August 1 Army Team 85
On invitation from Deng Xiaoping, the Bullets become first NBA team to visit China.
Washington Bullets Exhibition Games
8/29/1979
Shanghai, China
Washington Bullets 113, Shanghai 80
Shanghai was led by a 6-foot, 10-inch future engineer named Yao Zhiyuan, better known as the father of Yao Ming.
Washington Bullets Exhibition Games
9/4/1979
Quezon City, Philippines
Washington Bullets 133, Philippine Basketball Association All-Stars 123
The Philippines team featured Ramon Fernandez, a hoops legend often regarded as the greatest Filipino player of all time and the PBA's all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks and second all-time leader in assists and steals.
1984 Exhibition Games
8/28/1984
8/28/1984
8/30/1984
8/30/1984
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel
Phoenix Suns 111, Hapoel Tel Aviv 91
Maccabi Tel Aviv 104, New Jersey Nets 97
New Jersey Nets 101, Hapoel Tel Aviv 82
Maccabi Tel Aviv 113, Phoenix Suns 97
Maccabi Tel Aviv picks up two more wins, racking up its third win against an NBA club -- an all-time record for games played overseas (Maccabi picked up one more win over the Raptors in the 2005 preseason, bringing its total to a record four wins).
Seattle SuperSonics European Exhibition Games
8/24/1984
8/25/1984
8/29/1984
8/31/1984
9/5/1984
9/6/1984
Hagen, W. Germany
Langen, W. Germany

Treviso, Italy
Vevey, Switz.
Göttingen, W. G.
Leverkusen, W.G.
Seattle SuperSonics 94, SSV Hagen 87
Seattle SuperSonics 119, ASC 46 Göttingen 95
Seattle SuperSonics 124, Benetton Treviso 101
Seattle SuperSonics 111, Vevey Basket 110
Seattle SuperSonics 106, ASC 46 Göttingen 76
Seattle SuperSonics 109, TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen 86
The Sonics go on, effectively, the first European tour, hitting six different cities. Tom Chambers and Jack Sikma's team blow through most of the competition, but nearly suffer a loss at the hands of Switzerland's Vevey Basket -- run by player-coach (and current Cavs assistant) Jim Boylan.
1984 Italian Open
9/2/1984
9/3/1984
9/5/1984
9/6/1984
9/7/1984
9/7/1984
9/9/1984
9/9/1984
9/11/1984
Udine, Italy
Varese, Italy
Milan, Italy
Udine, Italy
Bologna, Italy
Bologna, Italy
Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy
Milan, Italy
New Jersey Nets 113, Australian Udine 95
Phoenix Suns 103, Ciao Crem Varese 80
New Jersey Nets 127- Simac Milan 80
Phoenix Suns 118, Australian Udine 83
Phoenix Suns 118, Simac Milan 93
New Jersey Nets 142, Granarolo Bologna 106
New Jersey Nets 123, Ciao Crem Varese 111
Phoenix Suns 121, Granarolo Bologna 87
Phoenix Suns 148, New Jersey Nets 121
Accompanying the Nets and Hawks was first-year Commissioner David Stern, who told local reporters that the NBA had no plans to launch teams outside of the States, though a quote from an issue of Hoop magazine shined light on future plans: "Ultimately we may be seeing N.B.A. teams play regular-season games in foreign countries."
Atlanta Hawks Tour of the Soviet Union
7/25/1988
Tbilisi, Soviet Rep. of Georgia
Atlanta Hawks 85, Soviet National Team 84
Playing behind the Iron Curtain thanks to negotiations between TBS, the NBA and Goskomsport -- the Soviet Union's ministry of sports -- the Hawks became the first NBA team to play a game in the Soviet Union, and take down the hosts with a closing-seconds buzzer-beater by John Battle.
Atlanta Hawks Tour of the Soviet Union
7/27/1988
Vilnius, Lithuania
Atlanta Hawks 110, Soviet National Team 105 (OT)
A close series got even closer when Dominique Wilkins finally suited up (after 'Nique missed Game 1 because of a benefit game, then sat, alone, hungry and without Soviet money for 6 hours in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport waiting for a connecting flight). Wilkins went for 29 points to pace the Hawks, who won in OT -- but only after coach Mike Fratello and referee Bruce Alexander had to convince Lithuanian officials ("Is just exhibition, no?" said one, in Jack McCallum's account) to continue the game. Said Fratello after: "Let me get this straight. We fly halfway around the world, go from Moscow to Sukhumi to Tbilisi to Moscow for a connecting flight to Vilnius, and we're going to tie?"
Atlanta Hawks Tour of the Soviet Union
7/30/1988
Moscow, Russia
Soviet National Team 132, Atlanta Hawks 123
The Soviets got a measure of revenge in the finale, led by Aleksandr Volkov and Šarūnas Marčiulionis, who combined for 55 points. Marčiulionis would go on to play 6 seasons in the NBA, finishing as Sixth Man of the Year runner-up twice, as one of the first international players to see significant time in the league. Volkov, who was drafted by the Hawks in 1986, went on to play 149 games between 1989-92 for the Hawks and eventually earn election to the Ukrainian Parliament in 2006.
The McDonald's Championship Era
The precursor to the FIBA Worlds ran from 1987 through 1999, pitting NBA teams against international league champions.
Bird and the Celtics take Paris in the first McDonald's Open held in Europe.
9
NBA titles
18-0
Combined NBA record
1
Overtime game
6
Hall-of-Famers named MVP
McDonald's Open MVP's
1987: Terry Cummings (Bucks) 1988: Larry Bird (Celtics) 1989: Walter Davis (Nuggets)
1990: Patrick Ewing (Knicks) 1991: Magic Johnson (Lakers) 1993: Charles Barkley (Suns)
1995: Clyde Drexler (Rockets) 1997: Michael Jordan (Bulls) 1999: Tim Duncan (Spurs)
1988 McDonald's Open
10/21/1988
Madrid, Spain
Boston Celtics 113, Yugoslavian National Team 85
After the first McDonald's Open was held in Milwaukee in '87 (and won by the hosts, over the Soviet Union), the Celtics take down Vlade Divac and budding star Toni Kukoc and the Yugoslav team in the first internationally-hosted Classic. Said Commissioner David Stern: "More and more, the idea of sending the world's best-known basketball team as our representative seemed to make a lot of sense."
The All-Time International Gallery
1988 McDonald's Open
10/23/1988
Madrid, Spain
Boston Celtics 111, Real Madrid 96
The Celtics drop hometown favorite Real Madrid -- led by sparkplug guard Drazen Petrovic, who went 22-6-6 -- on the strength of tournament MVP Larry Bird's 29 points.
Larry Bird #33 of the Boston Celtics weaves his way under the basket for a layup against the Real Madrid during the 1988 McDonald's Open in Madrid, Spain. NBAE via Getty Images
1989 McDonald's Open
10/20/1989
Rome, Italy
Denver Nuggets 137, Barcelona 103
Alex English and tournament MVP Walter Davis score 47 points between them as the high-flying Nuggets drop powerhouse Barcelona.
Alex English #2 of the Denver Nuggets shoots a jumpshot during the 1989 McDonald's Open in Rome, Italy. NBAE via Getty Images
1989 McDonald's Open
10/22/1989
Rome, Italy
Denver Nuggets 135, Jugoplastika Split 129
A back-and-forth game ends with the Nuggets pulling away late to claim the title and improve the NBA's mark to 6-0 all-time in the McDonald's Open. Danny Schayes had 29, while Davis had 26. Jugoplastika got 31 from Dusko Ivanovic and 29 points with nine boards from future Celtics Dino Radja. An NBA great made his mark in the consolation game, as Bob McAdoo scored 36 points to lead Philips Milan to a 136-104 victory over Barcelona.
NBA Commissioner David Stern, Doug Moe, Boris Stankovic of FIBA and Alex English #2 of the Denver Nuggets a pose for a photo against Jugoplastika Split as part of the 1989 McDonald's Championships on October 22, 1989 at the PalaLottomatica in Rome, Italy. The Denver Nuggets defeated Jugoplastika Split 135-129. NBAE via Getty Images
1990 McDonald's Open
10/11/1990
Barcelona, Spain
New York Knicks 119, Scavolini Pesaro 115 (OT)
It wasn't quite the Shot Heard Round the World, but with the Knicks down by three points with 30 seconds left, Gerald Wilkins' trey made a whole lot of noise in the international basketball scene, as it kept the Knicks alive long enough to win the game in OT and stave off the first loss to an international team at the McDonald's. Patrick Ewing finished with 34 points (6 in OT), 17 rebounds and eight blocks. The series happened as David Stern was on-hand in Barcelona, discussing the possibility of a global basketball tournament. Wrote the LA Times: "Although Stern and Boris Stankovic, head of FIBA, the ruling body of international basketball, did not describe the future event as a true world championship, the NBA title-holder would compete among as many as 16 of the world's top national teams." (Note: The FIBA Worlds pool is now up to 24)
Patrick Ewing #33 of the New York Knicks goes up for a slam dunk during the 1990 McDonald's Open circa 1990 in Barcelona, Spain. NBAE via Getty Images
1990 McDonald's Open
10/13/1990
Barcelona, Spain
New York Knicks 117, Pop 84 Split 101
In front of the then-largest crowd to ever attend a basketball game in Spain, the Knicks respond with an intense game against European champion Pop 84 Split and its rising phenom Toni Kukoc. Patrick Ewing adds a McDonald's MVP to his Hall of Fame career and punctuates his performance with a swat against Kukoc, who went for 18 points and 11 assists. Said Ewing to SI: "He dunked one on my main man Alonzo Mourning earlier this summer at the Goodwill Games. I couldn't let him set both of us."
Kiki Vandeweghe #55 of the New York Knicks shakes hands with Toni Kukoc, of Pop 84 prior to play during the 1990 McDonald's Open in Spain. NBAE via Getty Images
The Japan Games
After becoming the first major American sports league to host a regular-season game outside North America (1990), the Association starts the season in Japan four more times.
The Nets take a tour of Japan in 1996.
3
Japanese cities
1
Venue change
50
Rashard Lewis' record point total
2003
Date of last Japan Games
1990 NBA Regular-Season Opening Games
11/2/1990
Tokyo, Japan
Phoenix Suns 119, Utah Jazz 96
In the first regular-season game held outside of North America for any American major sport, the matchup fit the moment: two of the game's best big men clash, with Tom Chambers going for 38 points and 10 rebounds and Karl Malone racking up 33 points and 10 boards.
Tom Chambers #24 and Kevin Johnson #7 of the Phoenix Suns present fans with flowers prior to the 1990 Japan Games at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. NBAE via Getty Images
1990 NBA Regular-Season Opening Games
11/3/1990
Tokyo, Japan
Utah Jazz 102, Phoenix Suns 101
The Jazz get revenge a night later. As Karl Malone said to SI, "It would have been a long, long ride home with two losses."
John Stockton #12 of the Utah Jazz shoots against the Phoenix Suns during a game played on November 2, 1990 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. NBAE via Getty Images
1991 McDonald's Open
10/18/1991
Paris, France
Los Angeles Lakers 132, Limoges 101
The City of Lights hosts the City of Angels. Vlade Divac returns to Europe. And Paris meets Magic Johnson. Vlade goes for 23 points and Magic dishes out 21 assists (!) against a star-struck Limoges team. Said Limoges forward Stephane Ostrowski: "It's the dream of our youth. These players are our idols. We in Limoges, we have played once in our life against the Lakers. Lots of people would like to do that. Many good players in basketball never play against such a team. We all absolutely marveled at this opportunity. On the floor, we decided just to be spontaneous. We managed to do so ... even if they were playing the second team much of the time, we were able to show we were not ridiculous."
Vlade Divac #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a jumpball during the tipoff of the 1991 McDonald's Open circa 1991 in Limoges, France. NBAE via Getty Images
1991 McDonald's Open
10/19/1991
Paris, France
Los Angeles Lakers 116, Badalona 114
In one of the two closest games in McDonald's history, the Lakers nearly give up a 13-point fourth quarter lead, but Badalona can't convert a late opportunity to tie the game. Magic Johnson's named MVP and the US improves to 10-0. Said Badalona coach Manuel Sainz: "If before the game, they told me we were going to lose by 12, I'd have been happy. But if you have a chance to win, it hurts. When you stop and think, you could have made history."
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson #32 and James Worthy #42 of the Los Angeles Lakers pose for a portrait with the Eiffel Tower in the background in Paris, France. NBAE via Getty Images
1991 Preseason Game
10/20/1991
Nassau, Bahamas
Miami Heat 109, Washington Bullets 98
The brainchild of Heat managing partner Ted Arinson, the game was staged at Carnival's Crystal Palace resort in what was called "the biggest tent in the world." Every item necessary for the game, from the balls to bleachers, had to be imported. "How much it cost us to import all this equipment will remain a corporate secret, but I will tell you that it all weighed an estimated 250 tons," said Peter Aaronson, vice president of entertainment at Crystal Palace, to the Baltimore Sun.
1992 Preseason Game
10/27/1992
Mexico City, Mexico
Houston Rockets 104, Dallas Mavericks 102
In the first of many games played in Latin America, Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets drop the Mavs in front of 19,527 at the Mexico City Sports Palace. Olajuwon's toughest challenge that night came from a chair on the Rockets' bench, which collapsed during the final timeout. It took three players and Rudy Tomjanovich to help up the lengthy legend.
1992 NBA Regular-Season Opening Games
11/6/1992
Yokohama, Japan
Seattle SuperSonics 111, Houston Rockets 94
Shawn Kemp brings his variety of leaping, bruising hoops to Yokohama for the third regular-season game held outside of North America and finishes with 29 points and 20 rebounds in a sold-out Yokohama Arena.
Hakeem Olajuwon #34 of the Houston Rockets dunks on the Seattle SuperSonics during the 1992 Japan Games at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. NBAE via Getty Images
1992 NBA Regular-Season Opening Games
11/7/1992
Yokohama, Japan
Seattle SuperSonics 89, Houston Rockets 85
The pace slows in Game 2, but Sonics guard Nate McMillan turns out what Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich calls "probably the best game I've seen him play" and leads Seattle to a 2-0 start to the season with a 22-point performance.
Hakeem Olajuwon #34 of the Houston Rockets receives flowers from a fan prior to playing the Seattle SuperSonics at the 1992 Japan Games played at the Yokohama Arena on November 6, 1992 in Yokohama, Japan.
1993 McDonald's Open
10/22/1993
Munich, Germany
Phoenix Suns 145, Real Madrid 115
An offensive spectacle hits the floor in Munich, with Real Madrid coming out firing around legendary center Arvydis Sabonis, who finished with 19 points and six boards. But the Suns pulled away late, eventually winning by 30. The organizers announce that the MVP award will be named the Drazen Petrovic Trophy, for the Nets guard and European legend who died in a car accident two months before.
Charles Barkley #34 of the Phoenix Suns shoots a free throw against Real Madrid during the 1993 McDonald's Open at the Olympiahalle on October 22, 1993 in Munich, Germany. NBAE via Getty Images
1993 McDonald's Open
10/23/1993
Munich, Germany
Phoenix Suns 112, Buckler Bologna 90
Charles Barkley takes MVP honors after scoring 28 points and pulling down eight boards to keep the NBA's streak alive at the McDonald's Open. Barkley, ever the entertainer, hams up the villain card in front of the Munich crowd and received "Chicago! Chicago!" chants in response -- in reference to the Bulls' win over the Suns in the spring.
Jump ball between the Phoenix Suns and Buckler Bologna during the 1993 McDonald's Open at the Olympiahalle on October 23, 1993 in Munich, Germany. NBAE via Getty Images
1993 Preseason Game
10/24/1993
Mexico City, Mexico
New York Knicks 103, Houston Rockets 93
In a precursor to that season's NBA Finals -- with a different final result -- the Knicks got 20 points from Patrick Ewing and Charles Smith to defeat the Rockets in Mexico City, less than 24 hours after an earthquake rocked the capital.
1993 Preseason Game
10/30/1993
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Miami Heat 109, Denver Nuggets 103
The Heat and Nuggets become the first NBA teams to square off in a preseason game in Puerto Rico, as Glen Rice and Rony Seikaly pave the way to a win over the Nuggets at San Juan’s Roberto Clemente Coliseum.
1993 London Games
10/30/1993
London, England
Orlando Magic 120, Atlanta Hawks 95
On the same day, Dennis Scott's 14 fourth-quarter points lead Penny, Shaq and the Magic to the win in the first preseason game between NBA teams played in Europe,
Shaquille O'Neal of poses for a portrait in front of a telephone booth during the Europe Tour in 1993 in London, England.  NBAE via Getty Images
1993 London Games
10/31/1993
London, England
Atlanta Hawks 113, Orlando Magic 101
The Hawks come back a night later to pick up the win in a place that, 19 years later, would become the first European city to host a regular-season NBA game.
The Atlanta Hawks pose for a team portrait in front of the London Bridge prior to the 1993 London Exhibition Games played at Wembley Arena on October 30, 1993 in London, England. NBAE via Getty Images
1994 Preseason Games in Europe
10/18/1994
Paris, France
Golden State Warriors 132, Charlotte Hornets 116
Chris Mullin's 25 points spurs the Warriors to a win in front of 15,324 at the Palais Omnisports de Bercy.
1994 Preseason Games in Europe
10/20/1994
Badalona, Spain
Golden State Warriors 122, Joventut Badalona 104
The Warriors struggled early against the Euro champs' zone defense, but pulled away late thanks to 22 more from Mullen and 24 points from Latrell Sprewell.
1994 Preseason Games in Europe
10/21/1994
Bologna, Italy
Charlotte Hornets 114, Buckler Bologna 107
Robert Parish and Muggsy Bogues lit up the Bologna night with a combined 49 points en route to the win in a fast-paced affair.
1994 Preseason Game
10/21/1994
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Miami Heat 104, Atlanta Hawks 99
Miami climbed back from 21 points down thanks to 21 points from Craig Ehlo and a strong second-half from Bimbo Coles, who finished with 13.
1994 Preseason Game
10/23/1994
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Atlanta Hawks 103, Miami Heat 99
Glen Rice scored 20 for the Heat, but Stacey Augmon's 22 -- including a bucket that broke the 11th tie of the game with 1:25 left -- made the Hawks 1-1 on the Puerto Rican swing.
The NBA Challenge
Played between 1994-1996, the yearly tournament helped to make Latin America a staple for preseason games and a regular-season contest.
The Mavs and Suns head to Mexico in '96.
23
Preseason games in Latin America
19
In Mexico
1
Regular-season game
1
Broken chair
1994 NBA CHALLENGE
10/28/1994
Mexico City, Mexico
San Antonio Spurs 121, Houston Rockets 112
Marking the third straight year that the league held a preseason game in Mexico City, Sean Elliott hit 5-for-6 from behind the arc to drop 27 on Houston and send the Spurs to the NBA Challenge championship the next day.
Mario Ellie # 17 of the Houston Rockets shoots against Chuck Person #45 of the San Antonio Spurs during the 1994 NBA Challenge at the Palacio de los Deportes on October 28, 1994 in Mexico City, Mexico.  NBAE via Getty Images
1994 NBA CHALLENGE
10/28/1994
Mexico City, Mexico
Seattle SuperSonics 133, Los Angeles Clippers 105
An all-around blitz from the Sonics -- featuring 20 from Sam Perkins, 18 from Gary Payton and 18 more from Sarunas Marciulionis -- send Seattle to the championship game.
1994 NBA CHALLENGE
10/29/1994
Mexico City, Mexico
Seattle SuperSonics 124, San Antonio Spurs 95
The Sonics ride another team-wide attack to roll over the Spurs in the finale.
The Championship trophy is presented to Head Coach George Karl and the Seattle Supersonics during the 1994 NBA Challenge at the Palacio de los Deportes on October 29, 1994 in Mexico City, Mexico.  NBAE via Getty Images
1994 NBA CHALLENGE
10/29/1994
Mexico City, Mexico
Houston Rockets 111, Los Angeles Clippers 103
Hakeem got 17 of his 21 points in the second half to pace the Rockets to the win in front of a sellout crowd.
Lamond Murray of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots against the Houston during the 1994 NBA Challenge at the Palacio de los Deportes on October 29, 1994 in Mexico City, Mexico.
1994 NBA Regular-Season Opening Games
11/4/1994
Yokohama, Japan
Portland Trail Blazers 121, Los Angeles Clippers 100
One of the league's most exciting players doesn't disappoint in the NBA's third season-opening series in Japan, as Portland's Clyde 'The Glide' Drexler puts up 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the Blazers' big win.
A general view of the game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers on November 4, 1994 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. NBAE via Getty Images
1994 NBA Regular-Season Opening Games
11/5/1994
Yokohama, Japan
Portland Trail Blazers 112, Los Angeles Clippers 95
…then Drexler comes back and scores 41 one night later -- with some help from Rod Strickland's 14 assists -- to send the Blazers back to the States on fire, at 2-0.
Elmore Spencer #27 of Los Angeles Clippers jumps the opening tip against Chris Dudley #24 of the Portland Trail Blazers on November 4, 1994 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan.  NBAE via Getty Images
1995 McDonald's Championship
10/20/1994
London, England
Houston Rockets 116, Perth Wildcats 72
The two-time defending NBA champions return to Europe after the McDonald's Championship took a one-year hiatus, looking to claim the title of World Champions in an event that now features only league-championship teams.
1995 McDonald's Championship
10/21/1995
London, England
Houston Rockets 126, Buckler Bologna 112
With Hakeem sitting out both games, Clyde Drexler takes over, eventually earning MVP honors after going for 25 points and 10 assists in the clincher -- which pushed the NBA's all-time record to 12-0.
1995 NBA CHALLENGE
10/28/1995
Mexico City, Mexico
San Antonio Spurs 125, Washington Bullets 107
On a night when both teams shot better than 50 percent from behind the arc, David Robinson dictated the pact on the inside, going for 30 points in 30 minutes in the win.
David Robinson #50 drives against the Washington Bullets during the 1995 NBA Challenge at the Palacio de los Deportes on October 28, 1995 in Mexico City, Mexico. NBAE via Getty Images
1995 NBA CHALLENGE
10/29/1995
Mexico City, Mexico
Detroit Pistons 110, Washington Bullets 99
Lindsey Hunter and Joe Dumars combined for 41 points -- 10 of which came from Hunter in the game's final minutes -- to send the Pistons to the win in Mexico City.
1996 NBA Europe Tour
10/18/1996
Berlin, Germany
Indiana Pacers 98, Seattle SuperSonics 95
German star Detlef Schrempf returned home and scored 14 points, but Reggie Miller drove the Pacers to the win, scoring 37 points, including a late 3-pointer and Indy's last 13 points.
1996 NBA Europe Tour
10/20/1996
Sevilla, Spain
Seattle SuperSonics 82, Indiana Pacers 72
Schrempf and the Sonics' four other starters -- Sam Perkins, Gary Payton, Jim McIlvaine and Hersey Hawkins -- combine for 68 points, while the bench adds just 14, in the Europe Tour finale.
Chris Gatling #25 of the Dallas Mavericks puts up a shot against Antoine Carr #55 of the Utah Jazz during the 1996 Mexico City Challenge at the Palacio de los Deportes on October 26, 1996 in Mexico City, Mexico. NBAE via Getty Images
1996 NBA CHALLENGE
10/26/1996
Mexico City, Mexico
Cleveland Cavaliers 104, Phoenix Suns 92
In the fifth straight year of preseason games in Mexico City, the league stages a four-team tournament. The Cavs get 18 apiece from Terrell Brandon and Tyrone Hill to pick up the win in the opener and earn a berth in the final.
Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns takes the ball to the basket against Chris Mills #24 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 1996 Mexico City Challenge at the Palacio de los Deportes on October 26, 1996 in Mexico City, Mexico.  NBAE via Getty Images
1996 NBA CHALLENGE
10/26/1996
Mexico City, Mexico
Dallas Mavericks 107, Utah Jazz 102
Mavs guard Jason Kidd, at the height of his powers, wins his duel with John Stockton (12 points, 13 assists) with a 15-point, 9-assist day that drove the Mavs into the championship round.
Chris Gatling #25 of the Dallas Mavericks puts up a shot against Antoine Carr #55 of the Utah Jazz during the 1996 Mexico City Challenge at the Palacio de los Deportes on October 26, 1996 in Mexico City, Mexico. NBAE via Getty Images
1996 NBA CHALLENGE
10/27/1996
Mexico City, Mexico
Utah Jazz 111, Phoenix Suns 105
Karl Malone's 34 points (12 in the final frame) push the Jazz to third place in the tournament.
1996 NBA CHALLENGE
10/27/1996
Mexico City, Mexico
Dallas Mavericks 88, Cleveland Cavaliers 86
A Mavs team featuring a young core of Michael Finley and Jamal Mashburn holds off the Cavs for the NBA Challenge title. The Jazz, then at the height of their Western Conference dominance, took third.
1996 NBA Regular-Season Opening Games
11/7/1996
Tokyo, Japan
Orlando Magic 108, New Jersey Nets 95
The first-ever Japanese Jam Session debuts. Meanwhile, the season opens in Tokyo for the fourth year, and the Magic -- playing without the LA-bound Shaq for the first time since they drafted him -- get 23 points from Penny Hardaway to open the 1996-97 season with a win in front of nearly 40,000 spectators at the Tokyo Dome. In writing about the growth of the game in Japan, the New York Times reports that Grant Hill's on the cover of a Japanese news magazine that week and that a number of fans in attendance in Tokyo, spurred on by in-arena entertainment, attempted an American dance craze: the Macarena.
David Vaughn #42 of the Orlando Magic jumps the opening tip against Shawn Bradley #45 of the New Jersey Nets on November 7, 1996 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. NBAE via Getty Images
1996 NBA Regular Season Opening Games
11/9/1996
Tokyo, Japan
Orlando Magic 86, New Jersey Nets 82
Penny Hardaway puts up a second straight brilliant performance in Japan, going off for 29 to start the Magic at 2-0 before they even went Stateside.
Anfernee Hardaway #1 of the Orlando Magic shoots against Kendall Gill #13 of the New Jersey Nets on November 9, 1996 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.  NBAE via Getty Images
1997 McDonald’s Championship
10/17/1997
Paris, France
Chicago Bulls 89, PSG Racing 82
The absence of Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, an off night from the field and a poor night on the boards almost results in the first-ever loss for an NBA team in the McDonald's Championship. But Michael Jordan scores 28 points and the Bulls, despite putting up the fewest points by an NBA team in event history, eke out the win. Said PSG's Yugoslavian-born coach, Bozidar Maljkovi to the New York Times: "Without Michael Jordan, we would have won."
The 1997 Chicago Bulls pose for a photo outside the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. NBAE via Getty Images
1997 McDonald’s Championship
10/18/1997
Paris, France
Chicago Bulls 104, Olympiakos 78
Michael Jordan would never again play in Europe as a member of the Chicago Bulls, and gives the French crowd a number of indelible images en route to a game-high 27 points, MVP award and a Bulls title. Said MJ on a few flourishes during play: "A little extra mustard on top of the hot dog."
Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls shoots against PSG Racing team during the 1997 McDonalds Open on October 17, 1997 at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris, France. NBAE via Getty Images
1997 Regular-Season Game
12/6/1997
Mexico City, Mexico
Houston Rockets 108, Dallas Mavericks 106
The NBA regular season comes to Mexico, and the two Texas rivals put on a show. Charles Barkley goes for 19 and 17, but Dallas' Michael Finley scores 35 points with seven rebounds and six assists in front of a packed Palacio de los Deportes.
1999 Preseason Game
10/11/1999
Tel Aviv, Israel
Miami Heat 126, Maccabi Tel Aviv 91
Though Maccabi Tel Aviv's been a favorite rival over the years, the game was the first in Israel since 1978. Said Heat coach Pat Riley: "We beat a good team, but we had more talent. All we kept hearing before we came was that the Bullets had come here and lost."
Tim Hardaway #10 of the Miami Heat shoots a jump shot during a exhibition game against Maccabi Tel Aviv at the Yad Eliyahu Arena on October 11, 1999 in Tel Aviv, Israel. NBAE via Getty Images
1999 McDonald’s Championship
10/15/1999
Milan, Italy
San Antonio Spurs 96, Varese Roosters 86
The last year of the McDonald's Classic opened with a near-shock, as Italy's Varese Rooster's shined at home, out-playing the defending NBA champion Spurs from the start to take the lead heading into the 4th. But a 36-point fourth quarter ensured that Gregg Popovich's club would have a chance to play for the final title. Said Pop: "We are very very happy to get that win. They played better than we did in every way, shape and form. Down the stretch our defense played pretty well and we just made some shots. "
Antonio Daniels of the San Antonio Spurs shoots against Varese Roosters as part of the 1999 McDonald's Championships on October 15, 1999 at the Fila Forum in Milan Italy. The San Antonio Spurs defeated Varese Roosters 96-86. NBAE via Getty Images
1999 McDonald’s Championship
10/16/1999
Milan, Italy
San Antonio Spurs 103, Vasco da Gama 68
Brazilian-based Vasco de Gama took down Lithuania's Žalgiris Kaunas in the opener, but was no match for reigning NBA champs, who soundly won the final McDonald's championship and made NBA teams a perfect 18-0 in the event. Tim Duncan's named MVP.
The San Antonio Spurs pose for a team photo in front of the Duomo during the 1999 McDonald's Open in Milan, Italy.
1999 Preseason Game
10/24/1999
Mexico City, Mexico
Golden State Warriors 117, New Jersey Nets 91
Antawn Jamison and Stefon Marbury did battle, with Jamison putting up 27 points in the win and Marbury going for 25 points with 11 assists in the loss.
Keith Van Horn #44 of the New Jersey Nets dunks against Tony Farmer #8, Chris Mills #34 and Adonal Foyle #31 of the Golden State Warriors during the NBA Mexico 2000 games at the Palacio de los Deportes on October 24, 2000 in Mexico City, Mexico. NBAE via Getty Images
1999 NBA Japan Games (Regular Season)
11/6/1999
Tokyo, Japan
Sacramento Kings 100 - Minnesota Timberwolves 95
Due to the rising popularity of hoops in Japan, the league's fifth year of season-opening games in Japan had to be moved to the Tokyo Dome from a smaller venue. Game 1 still featured a capacity crowd of 32,623. Nick Anderson hit five 3-pointers to help the Kings out-pace the T-Wolves, who had a huge, 34-point, 17-rebound night.
Jason Williams #55 of the Sacramento Kings shoots free-throws against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 1999 Japan Games at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. NBAE via Getty Images
1999 NBA Japan Games (Regular Season)
11/7/1999
Tokyo, Japan
Minnesota Timberwolves 114, Sacramento Kings 101
Minny gets its revenge a night later as KG leads his troops with 31 points and 12 rebounds.
2000 NBA Mexico
10/14/2000
Mexico City, Mexico
Philadelphia 76ers 84, Washington Wizards 80
Allen Iverson, who'd lead the Sixers to the Finals in eight months, scored a point a minute (24 in 24) on a night when both teams had trouble scoring.
2002 NBA República Dominicana
10/11/2002
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Minnesota Timberwolves 90, Miami Heat 85
The first NBA international travel since 9/11, after an exhibition in 2011 in Mexico was canceled due to the terrorist attacks, is also the league's first game held in the Dominican Republic. Felipe Lopez steals the show, with the only Dominican player in the NBA chipping in 10 points to go along with Troy Hudson's 19.
2003 NBA Mexico Preseason Game
10/5/2003
Mexico City, Mexico
Utah Jazz 90, Dallas Mavericks 85
The Jazz begin the post-Stockton and Malone era with a win over the Mavs and local favorite Eduardo Najera -- the first Mexican-born player drafted into the NBA -- plays a game-high 33 minutes after serving as unofficial ambassador for the game.
2003 NBA Puerto Rico Preseason Game
10/7/2003
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Miami Heat 86, Philadelphia 76ers 79, (OT)
Heat newcomers Dwyane Wade (the No. 5 pick in the Draft) and Lamar Odom (by trade with the Clippers) each score 18 -- including four for Wade in OT -- as the Heat hold off the Sixers in the fourth game to be held in San Juan.
2003 NBA Europe Games
10/8/2003
Paris, France
San Antonio Spurs 105, Memphis Grizzlies 93
Tony Parker comes back to France a champion, as the Spurs win in their first game since claiming the 2002-03 NBA title. Parker goes for 19 and Tim Duncan, playing without David Robinson for the first time after the Hall of Famer's retirement, added 15. Said Parker: "They say the Parisian public is so hard to please. So to get them off their seats like that is something special. I’m really touched. For me, this is as exciting as an NBA playoff match. I may never have a chance to play in my hometown of Paris as an NBA champion ever again.”
2003 NBA Europe Games
10/10/2003
Barcelona, Spain
Memphis Grizzlies 91, FC Barcelona 80
Pau Gasol returns to his hometown to take on his first professional team, with the Grizzlies center and 2001-02 Rookie of the Year leading Memphis to the win over the team where he spent three years. Suiting up for Barcelona? Pau's brother, Marc. Said coach Lionel Hollins about seeing Marc for the first time since he was a high schooler in Memphis, "I was like, ‘Wow, that’s not the same kid." (New York Times)
2003 NBA Japan Games (Regular-Season)
10/30/2003
Saitama, Japan
Seattle SuperSonics 109, Los Angeles Clippers 100
In the first games in Japan since 1999, Ronald Murray, Rashard Lewis and Brent Barry combine for 68 points to take down Elton Brand, Eddie House and Corey Maggette's combined 64.
Elton Brand of the Los Angeles Clippers walks through Chinzan-so garden in Tokyo.  NBAE via Getty Images
2003 NBA Japan Games (Regular-Season)
11/1/2003
Saitama, Japan
Seattle SuperSonics 124, Los Angeles Clippers 105
With a little more than 12 hours' rest, Rashard Lewis scores 50 points on 18-for-25 shooting to break Clyde Drexler's Japan scoring mark (41) and spark the Sonics to the big win.
Ronald Murray #22 of the Seattle Supersonics goes up with the ball against Pedrag Drobniak #14 of the Los Angeles Clippers during their game at Saitama Arena October 30, 2003 in Tokyo, Japan. NBAE via Getty Images
The NBA Goes to China
The gates to the world's second-most-populous country opened in 2004, two years after Yao Ming went No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft.
Look back on the Nets and Rockets in China in 2010.
12
Preseason games in China
4
Different cities
4
Involving Yao
4
Involving LeBron
As China's become a favorite preseason location for the league, it's also become an offseason destination for players -- 47 of whom went to China this summer.
2004 NBA China Games
10/14/2004
Shanghai, China
Houston Rockets 88, Sacramento Kings 86
With Yao scoring a team-high 14 points in the Rockets' win, the NBA becomes the first American professional sports league to stage a contest in China with the inaugural China Games.
Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets poses for a portrait photo in Tiananmen Square in conjunction with the NBA China Games between the Houston Rockets and the Sacramento Kings on October 15, 2004 in Beijing, China. NBAE via Getty Images
2004 NBA China Games
10/17/2004
Beijing, China
Sacramento Kings 91, Houston Rockets 89
Yao went for 13 and 8, but Bobby Jackson's jumper with 6.7 seconds left gives the Kings the win to wrap up the historic two-game set.
Bobby Jackson #24 of the Sacramento Kings hits a game winning shot at the NBA China Games between the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets at Capital Indoor Stadium on October 17, 2004 in Beijing, China.  NBAE via Getty Images
2005 NBA Puerto Rico Preseason Game
10/14/2005
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Memphis Grizzlies 101, Miami Heat 91
A near-capacity crowd at the new Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot gets a look at Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, budding star Dwyane Wade (the two combined for 33 points) and the champs-to-be, but the Grizzlies take the win thanks to 18 points from Dahntay Jones.
2006 NBA Puerto Rico Preseason Game
10/10/2006
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Detroit Pistons 84, Miami Heat 64
In their first game without Ben Wallace, who signed with the Bulls in the offseason, the Pistons get 16 points and eight boards from Nazr Mohammed to cruise to the win.
2006 NBA Mexico Preseason Game
10/14/2006
Monterrey, Mexico
Golden State Warriors 121, Denver Nuggets 115
The NBA plays its first game in Monterrey, with Nuggets forward Eduardo Najera -- an NBA veteran who'd later become the first Mexican-born coach in the NBA family when he took over the NBA D-League's Texas Legends -- serves as ambassador in the NBA's first game in Monterrey.
Europe Live
Debuting in 2006, no other single event sent more teams abroad than Europe Live, which ran until the Global Games began in 2013
The NBA held six Europe Live events from its inception in 2006.
32
Total games
17
Different teams
12
Different cities
12-7
NBA teams' records vs. FIBA teams
The 2007 Europe Live accounted for four of the NBA's 11 all-time losses to FIBA teams (three at the hands of CSKA Moscow). The 2013 Global Games expanded the European city total to 14 (and country count to eight) after the league staged games in Manchester, England and the first-ever games in Spain (Bilbao), along with its second-ever regular season game, when the Hawks and Nets squared off in London.
2006 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/5/2006
Barcelona, Spain
Winterthur FC Barcelona 104, Philadelphia 76ers 99
Becoming the third individual club to notch a win over an NBA team since 1987, Winterthur takes advantage of a cold shooting night from the Sixers and got 18 points from Juan Carlos Navarro to give 16,000 home fans a lifelong memory. Said Sixers coach Mo Cheeks: "Barcelona has been great. With the exception of the game."
The Philadelphia 76ers pose for a team photo during the NBA Europe Live Tour presented by EA Sports on October 7, 2006 in Barcelona, Spain.
2006 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/5/2006
Lyon, France
San Antonio Spurs 115, Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne 90
In a game featuring hybrid rules -- the paint had no restricted areas, and defensive three seconds wasn't enforced -- former FIBA great Tony Parker wasn't fazed, with the French export putting up 26 to lead the Spurs.
2006 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/6/2006
Rome, Italy
Phoenix Suns 100, Lottomatica Virtus 93
Playing without injured star Amar'e Stoudemire, who was recovering from microfracture surgery, the Suns take the win on the strength of 55 combined points from Shawn Marion, Leandro Barbosa and Raja Bell.
2006 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/6/2006
Moscow, Russia
Los Angeles Clippers 98, BC Khimki 91
Shaun Livingston's 19 give the Clips the win in the opener in Russia, despite a BC Khimki team full of former NBA players: point guard Melvin Booker scored 19 points and Boris Gorenc added 17 in the loss.
The Los Angeles Clippers coaches and players pose in front of St. Basil's Cathedral during the NBA Europe Live Tour on October 1, 2006 in Moscow, Russia. NBAE via Getty Images
2006 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/7/2006
Moscow, Russia
CSKA Moscow 94, Los Angeles Clippers 75
Theodoros Papaloukas kept up his role as nemesis, as the Greek who led his team to a win over the Americans in the FIBA semifinals that year helps to drive CSKA -- who got 17 points from Duke great Trajan Langdon -- to a blowout win at home. Said Papaloukas: "Beating a team from the NBA is not a thing that happens often." Chris Kaman and Corey Maggette combined for 28 points. Said Maggette: "I'd love to come back and play these guys when we're definitely in shape -- to show them what we can do."
Los Angeles Clippers' Coach Mike Dunleavy celebrates with children at the dedication of the NBA Cares Reading and Learning Center at Special Orphange #8 during the NBA Europe Live Tour October 4, 2006 in Moscow, Russia.
2006 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/8/2006
Paris, France
San Antonio Spurs 97, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 84
Tony Parker puts on an absolute show for his home fans, soaring to 27 points over a Maccabi Tel Aviv team that featured not only Nikola Vujcic -- the first player to record a triple-double in Euroleague history, and a member of the Euroleague All-Decade Team -- but Will Bynum, the future NBA guard.
2006 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/10/2006
Cologne, Germany
Philadelphia 76ers 103, Phoenix Suns 100
Amar'e makes his debut, but Rookie Rodney Carney hits a game-winning 3-pointer as the Sixers come from 22 points down to earn a draw with CSKA Moscow in the tournament championship the next day.
2006 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/11/2006
Cologne, Germany
Phoenix Suns 119, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 102
Leandro Barbosa's 27 points sparked a 39-point fourth quarter for the Suns to make Phoenix 1-1 on the trip.
2006 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/11/2006
Cologne, Germany
Philadelphia 76ers 85, CSKA Moscow 71
Allen Iverson reels off 28 points -- on a night in which he takes more free throws (17) than the entire CSKA team (15) -- to down former Duke star Trajan Langdon and the reigning European champs en route to the Europe Live series victory.
2007 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/6/2007
Istanbul, Turkey
Minnesota Timberwolves 84, Efes Pilsen 81
The new-look T-Wolves, after seven players came from Boston in exchange for Kevin Garnett, drop Efes Pilsen thanks to a combined 23-point, 30-rebound effort from Ryan Gomes and Al Jefferson.
Minnesota Timberwolves team photo at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey for NBA Europe Live 2007 on October 2, 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey. NBAE via Getty Images
2007 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/6/2007
Rome, Italy
Boston Celtics 89, Toronto Raptors 85
Boston's brand-new Big 3 bursts onto the international scene, with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combining for 50 points to spoil Andrea Bargnani's first game back in his home country in an NBA jersey, as the 2006 No. 1 overall pick scores 13 points in 15 minutes.
The Boston Celtics pose for their team photo in front of the Colosseum during the 2007 NBA Europe Live Tour on October 6, 2007 at the in Rome, Italy. NBAE via Getty Images
2007 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/7/2007
Rome, Italy
Toronto Raptors 93, Virtus Lottomatica Roma 87
Hometown hero Andrea Bargnani adds 13 to Chris Bosh's 23 as the Raptors dominate the smaller Lottomatica team to pick up the win in Rome.
The Toronto Raptors pose for their team photo at the Coliseum during the 2007 NBA Europe Live Tour on October 6, 2007 at the in Rome, Italy. NBAE via Getty Images
2007 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/9/2007
Malaga, Spain
Unicaja Malaga 102, Memphis Grizzlies 99
Spanish great and Memphis rookie Juan Carlos Navarro scores 23 in Malaga, but double-doubles from former NBA players Marcus Haislip (18 points, 11 rebounds, four assists), Boniface Ndong (16 points, 12 rebounds) and Daniel Santiago (14 points, 10 rebounds) help the hosts to the win.
2007 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/10/2007
London, England
Boston Celtics 92, Minnesota Timberwolves 81
After a quiet night in the opener, Ray Allen catches first, going for 28 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the perimeter. Said Celtics coach Doc Rivers, whose team was then eight months away from the team's 17th title: “We have three guys at the exact right time. They’ve done everything. They’ve achieved everything individually. Now they want to achieve something as a team.”
2007 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/11/2007
Madrid, Spain
Memphis Grizzlies 98, MMT Estudiantes 73
In a return to his native country, Pau Gasol combines with Mike Miller for 21 points, as the Grizz take Estudiantes to school.
2007 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/11/2007
Madrid, Spain
Real Madrid 104, Toronto Raptors 103
Andrea Bargnani racks up 23 points, but Real Madrid gets 27 from American-born Louis Bullock and 18 from fellow American Charles Smith to take down the Chris Bosh-less Raptors.
2007 NBA China Games
10/17/2007
Shanghai, China
Orlando Magic 90, Cleveland Cavaliers 86
Dwight Howard's 31 send the Magic to a series-opening win over the reigning Eastern Conference champs, who got 17 from LeBron James.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers photographed during the 2007 NBA China Games on October 16, 2007 at the Bund in Shanghai, China.
2007 NBA China Games
10/18/2007
Macao, China
Orlando Magic 116, Team China 92
Macao hosts its first NBA team, with the Magic taking down Team China -- but not without a little drama. After playing in Shanghai the night before, the Magic fell to a 12-3 deficit to start the game, but recovered against a Yao- and Yi Jianlian-less China team.
Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic lifts a young participant set to shoot during a NBA Cares Special Olympics Basketball Clinic as part of the 2007 NBA China Games on October 19, 2007 at the Macao Venetian Arena in the principality of Macao, China. NBAE via Getty Images
2007 NBA China Games
10/20/2007
Macao, China
Orlando Magic 100, Cleveland Cavaliers 84
The Magic complete a perfect run in China. Said Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy with his trademark humor: "I'm 3-0 in China now and one of the things you always worry about is security in this business. I figure if I get fired in the NBA, I should have a pretty good shot in the CBA. There can't be that many guys around who are undefeated in China."
2008 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/9/2008
Paris, France
New Jersey Nets 100, Miami Heat 98 (OT)
Heat guard Daequan Cook hits a jumper to send the game into OT, but the Nets hold on to win in the extra frame. The day belongs to Heat swingman Yakhouba Diawara, who grew up in Paris as the son of two Senegalese emigres along with Quebec-born center Joel Anthony, who shared some culinary confusion with Heat.com: "Another difference between the French Canadian and French European cultures is food. According the Anthony, just because it’s called one thing doesn’t mean that’s what it is. “I ordered a steak, and I was given a slab of meat with a cooked egg on top,” he said. “I recognized the French fries, though.”"
The Miami Heat pose for a team photo with the Eiffel Tower as background during the 2008 NBA Europe Live Tour on October 9, 2008 in Paris, France. NBAE via Getty Images
2008 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/12/2008
London, England
New Jersey Nets 94, Miami Heat 92
No. 2 overall pick Michael Beasley erupted for 21 points, but the Nets got 21 from Devin Harris and 18 from Chris Douglas-Roberts to pick up a win in their Europe Live finale. Said first-year Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra: "This is an extended training camp for us. Any additional playing time for us is good."
The Miami Heat and their coaching staff pose for a team photo with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament as background during the 2008 NBA Europe Live Tour on October 10, 2008 in London, England. NBAE via Getty Images
2008 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/14/2008
Berlin, Germany
New Orleans Hornets 96, Washington Wizards 80
Fresh off leading Team USA to a gold in Beijing, Chris Paul and his eight assists helped drive the Hornets to a blowout in Berlin -- including an 18-0 start to the game.
Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets poses for a photo during the 2008 NBA Europe Live Tour on October 14, 2008 at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. NBAE via Getty Images
2008 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/17/2008
Barcelona, Spain
New Orleans Hornets 103, Washington Wizards 80
Chris Paul led the Hornets to a win, though he had high praise for then-Wizards rookie Javale McGee: "He can fly," Paul told the AP. "He is easily one of the most athletic guys in the NBA. You can put him in that category with Dwight Howard."
The Washington Wizards pose for a team photo during the 2008 NBA Europe Live Tour on October 17, 2008 at the Montjuic El Xalet restaurant in Barcelona, Spain. NBAE via Getty Images
2008 NBA China Games
10/15/2008
Guangzhou, China
Milwaukee Bucks 98, Golden State Warriors 94
Guangzhou, China's third-largest city, hosts its first-ever NBA game.
Luke Ridnour #13 makes a behind the back pass to Andrew Bogut #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the game against the Golden State Warriors at Guangzhou Gymnasium on October 15, 2008 for the 2008 NBA China Games in Guangzhou, China.  NBAE via Getty Images
2008 NBA China Games
10/17/2008
Beijing, China
Golden State Warriors 109, Milwaukee Bucks 108
The Games return to Beijing, as the Warriors take a back-and-forth contest thanks to Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette. However, Bucks rookie Joe Alexander stole the spotlight, with the Taiwan-born and Beijing-raised (with a stop in Virginia in between) forward showing off his Mandarin and acting as a de facto Master of Ceremonies.
2009 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/6/2009
London, England
Chicago Bulls 102, Utah Jazz 101
Luol Deng -- who'd later become the first British player to earn a trip to the NBA All-Star Game -- goes off for 18 points in front of a fervent home crowd in London.
2009 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/8/2009
Madrid, Spain
Utah Jazz 109, Real Madrid 87
Paul Millsap misses just one shot en route to 20 points and Deron Williams notches 16 points on just eight shots to celebrate the Jazz's first trip to Europe.
NBA Games 2009
10/8/2009
Taipei, Taiwan
Indiana Pacers 126, Denver Nuggets 104
Taiwan becomes the newest country to host an NBA preseason game, and the Pacers get 20 points each from Roy Hibbert, Brandon Rush and Troy Murphy in the win.
Members of the Indiana Pacers poses for a photo at the Great Wall on October 9, 2009 in Mutianyu, China. NBAE via Getty Images
NBA Games 2009
10/11/2009
Beijing, China
Denver Nuggets 128, Indiana Pacers 112
Carmelo Anthony scores 45 in a game that features 67 combined fouls.
Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets plays table tennis with students at the dedication of a learn and play space during an NBA Cares event at the Chun Feng School on October 10, 2009 in Beijing, China.  NBAE via Getty Images
2009 Mexico Preseason Game
10/18/2009
Monterrey, Mexico
Philadelphia 76ers 116, Phoenix Suns 94
The league plays its second game in Monterrey, with Andre Iguodala dropping 23 points to lead the Sixers to the win over Steve Nash, Shaquille O'Neal, Amar'e Stoudemire and the Suns.
2010 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/3/2010
Milan, Italy
New York Knicks 125, Armani Jeans Milano 113
Amar'e Stoudemire dazzles with 32 points in his Knicks debut and Italian sharpshooter Danilo Gallinari adds 24 of his own in a return trip to Milan for Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni, who led Milano to two Euroleague titles and five Italian championships in the 1980's.
2010 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/4/2010
London, England
Minnesota Timberwolves 111, Los Angeles Lakers 92
Michael Beasley scores 32 in his Minnesota debut, as the T-Wolves knock off the defending champs on a night when Kobe played just six minutes, despite chants from the crowd, as he recovered from knee surgery. "We had plans to play Kobe in two segments, but one was enough," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "He iced down at halftime. I probably should have told the PA announcer so he could tell the crowd."
Minnesota Timberwolves players and coaches pose for a team portrait overlooking the River Thames, the House of Parliament and Big Ben during 2010 NBA Europe Live on October 2, 2010 in London, England. NBAE via Getty Images
2010 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/6/2010
Paris, France
Minnesota Timberwolves 106, New York Knicks 100
Kevin Love's double-double and the T-Wolves' work on defense makes Minny perfect in Europe. Said Amar'e Stoudemire about the T-Wolves' defensive corp: "We're not used to seeing that in preseason."
2010 NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS
10/7/2010
Barcelona, Spain
Regal FC Barcelona 92, Los Angeles Lakers 88
The defending European champs dropped Barcelona-born Pau Gasol and the defending NBA champs thanks to 25 points from Spanish great and former Memphis Grizzly Juan Carlos Navarro, despite a scoreless night from then 19-year-old point guard Ricky Rubio.
2010 Mexico Preseason Game
10/12/2010
Mexico City, Mexico
San Antonio Spurs 100, Los Angeles Clippers 99
Gary Neal hit a last-second three to send the fan-favorite Spurs to a win in Mexico -- on a play drawn up by Manu Ginobili, who took over coaching duties from Gregg Popovich in the fourth quarter.
2010 NBA China Games
10/13/2010
Beijing, China
Houston Rockets 91, New Jersey Nets 81
Coming back from foot surgery, Yao Ming played 19 minutes and put up eight points in front of an enthusiastic home crowd of 17,000 at Wukesong Arena. Kevin Martin and Aaron Brooks combined for 35 in the win.
The New Jersey Nets pose for a team photo at the Saint Basil's Cathedral on October 10, 2010 in Moscow, Russia. NBAE via Getty Images
2010 NBA China Games
10/16/2010
Guangzhou, China
Houston Rockets 95, New Jersey Nets 85
Yao played his first-ever game in the city of Guangzhou, scoring 10 points in 18 minutes to earn game MVP honors in the Rockets' win. The season would be Ming's last in the league, as the transformative center bowed out due to chronic lower body injury.
Devin Harris #34 of the New Jersey Nets shoots against Patrick Patterson #54 of the Houston Rockets during the game on October 13, 2010 at the Wukesong Arena in Beijing, China. NBAE via Getty Images
2011 NBA Games – London (regular-season)
3/4/2011
London, England
New Jersey Nets 116, Toronto Raptors 103
In the first-ever NBA regular season game in Europe, Brook Lopez scored 25 points and newly acquired point guard Deron Williams tossed in a 16-point, 11-assist double-double in his fourth game since coming to the Nets from the Jazz. DeMar DeRozan had 30, while Italian-born Andrea Bargnani chipped in 23 and Spanish-born guard Jose Calderon notched a game-high 12 assists. Said Williams after the game: "These games are great for global basketball, great for the NBA. And I thought the crowd tonight was great, they cheered for both teams pretty equally. When both teams did something good out there, they liked it. And I hope this is just the start of many, many more games."
2011 NBA Games – London
3/5/2011
London, England
New Jersey Nets 137, Toronto Raptors 136 (3 OT)
In a fitting end to an historic trip, the teams combined for 273 points in 63 minutes of play. Travis Outlaw scored the final eight points for the Nets, while Brook Lopez added 34 points and 14 boards to help New Jersey hold off Bargnani (35 points) and the Raps in an instant classic.
2012 NBA Europe Live presented by BBVA
10/5/2012
Istanbul, Turkey
Fenerbahce Ulker 97, Boston Celtics 91
In his return from a full year off because of a heart condition, Jeff Green combines with Jared Sullinger to score 32 points for the Celtics, but the Turkish power rides 24 points from Romain Sato in the 2012 Europe Live opener.
The Boston Celtics pose for a team photo in front of the Bosphorus Bridge during NBA Europe Live 2012 on October 5, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. NBAE via Getty Images
2012 NBA Europe Live presented by BBVA
10/6/2012
Berlin, Germany
Dallas Mavericks 89, Alba Berlin 84
German native Dirk Nowitzki plays his first official game in Germany since winning Finals MVP honors in 2011, but it's teammate (Dallas and German National Team) Chris Kaman who paces the Mavs, going for a team-high 14 points.
Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks poses for a photo in front of Brandenburg Gate during NBA Europe Live 2012 on October 6, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. NBAE via Getty Images
2012 NBA Europe Live presented by BBVA
10/7/2012
Milan, Italy
Boston Celtics 105, Emporio Armani 75
The C's rebound by rebounding, taking a 54-35 edge in boards and riding 34 combined points from Jeff Green and Rajon Rondo to the blowout.
2012 NBA Europe Live presented by BBVA
10/9/2012
Barcelona, Spain
FC Barcelona 99, Dallas Mavericks 85
Spanish legend Juan Carlos Navarro goes for 19 points, while 2013 NBA Draft picks Alex Abrines and Marko Todorovic combine for 7 points in limited time.
Jae Crowder #9 of the Dallas Mavericks participates in a NBA Cares Clinic at the Palau Blaugrana for NBA Europe Live 2012 on October 8, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. NBAE via Getty Images
2012 NBA Mexico Game presented by BBVA Bancomer
10/7/2012
Mexico City, Mexico
New Orleans Hornets 85, Orlando Magic 80
Gustavo Ayon, the third Mexican-born player to play in the NBA, scores 12 points with six rebounds in the loss.
2012 NBA China Games
10/11/2012
Beijing, China
Miami Heat 94, Los Angeles Clippers 80
The Heat's title defense starts with a win over the Clips, thanks to 20 points from LeBron. Blake Griffin had 19 and 8.
The Los Angeles Clippers team poses for a team photo at the Great Wall in Huairou District of Beijing, China on October 9, 2012 as part of the 2012 NBA China games in Beijing, China.
2012 NBA China Games
10/14/2012
Shanghai, China
Los Angeles Clippers 99, Miami Heat 89
DeAndre Jordan's 18 points and nine boards help LA get even in the China finale.
LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat greets Yao Ming prior to the start of the pre-season game against the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the 2012 NBA China Games on October 14, 2012 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. NBAE via Getty Images
NBA London Live 2013 presented by adidas (Regular-Season)
1/17/2013
London, England
New York Knicks 102, Detroit Pistons 87
Iman Shumpert returns from injury and Carmelo Anthony -- star of the US Olympic gold medal run in London -- breaks a two-week fast to lead the Knicks to the win.
The New York Knicks pose for a team portrait at the Tower Bridge on January 16, 2013 in London, England. NBAE via Getty Images
Global Games 2013
In a schedule that featured two regular season games, 12 teams went abroad in 2013-14.
Look back on an unforgettable eight-game international preseason tour.
8
Preseason games
2
Regular-season games
116,341
Total global travel mileage
4
First-time cities
The 2013 Global Games added one more country to the all-time total when it tipped off in Brazil, and increased the NBA's overall city total to 43, when it staged games in Manchester, England; Bilbao, Spain; and Manila, in the Philippines. It also added the fourth regular season game played in London, when the Nets dropped the Hawks in January.
NBA Global Games
10/5/2013
Istanbul, Turkey
Oklahoma City Thunder 95, Fenerbahce Ulker 82
In the tip-off to the NBA's biggest season of global travel yet, OKC's MVP candidate goes for 24 points and eight rebounds, while Serge Ibaka adds 15 points of his own, to lead the Thunder past the hosts. Euro star Bojan Bogdanovic had 19 in the loss. All-Access Video: OKC in Turkey
The Oklahoma City Thunder tipoff against the Fenerbahce Ulker as part of the NBA Global Games on October 5, 2013 at the Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. NBAE via Getty Images
NBA Global Games
10/6/2013
Bilbao, Spain
Philadelphia 76ers 106, Bilbao Basket 104
The hometown heroes gave their fans a thrill in the first-ever NBA game in Bilbao, tying the game with five seconds left, but two late free throws by Spencer Hawes sent the Sixers to the win. Evan Turner led all scorers with 25 points. Dairis Bertans finished with a team high 19 points for Bilbao Basket in defeat.
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NBA Global Games
10/8/2013
Manchester, England
Oklahoma City Thunder 103, Philadelphia 76ers 99
In a back-and-forth affair that marked the first NBA game in Manchester, MVP candidate Kevin Durant (21 points, 12 assists, 8 rebounds) and rising star Reggie Jackson (29 points) combined for 50 of OKC's 103 points as the Western contenders held off a pesky Philly team to take the win in their Global Games 2013 finale. Tony Wroten and Evan Turner combined for 39 for Philadelphia, which left Europe at 1-1.
Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives to the basket during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers in a preseason NBA as part of the NBA Global Games on October 8, 2013 at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England. NBAE via Getty Images
NBA Global Games
10/10/2013
Manila, Philippines
Houston Rockets 116, Indiana Pacers 96
Houston's one-two punch of James Harden (21 points) and Chandler Parsons pushed the Rockets past the Pacers in the first-ever NBA game in the basketball-fanatical country of the Philippines. Paul George and David West each scored in double-figures for Indy.
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 Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets poses for a photo as part of 2013 Global Games on October 7, 2013 outside the Mall of Asia in Manila, Philippines. NBAE via Getty Images
NBA Global Games
10/12/2013
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Chicago Bulls 83, Washington Wizards 81
Taj Gibson scored 18, Luol Deng had 14 and the Bulls took down the Wizards in the first-ever NBA game in Brazil and South America. Bradley Beal had 16 in the loss.
A general view of the arena during the game as part of 2013 Global Games on October 12, 2013 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.  NBAE via Getty Images
NBA Global Games
10/13/2013
Taipei, Taiwan
Houston Rockets 107, Indiana Pacers 98
In front of legions of fans in his ancestral homeland, Jeremy Lin scores 17 points and James Harden picks up 21 as the Rockets roll to a big win.
Jeremy Lin #7 of the Houston Rockets celebrates from the bench during the game against the Indiana Pacers during the 2013 Global Games on October 13, 2013 at the Taipei Arena in Taipei, Taiwan. NBAE via Getty Images
NBA Global Games
10/15/2013
Beijing, China
Golden State Warriors 100, Los Angeles Lakers 95
Warriors center David Lee goes for a game-high 31 points, Stephen Curry adds 24 and Andrew Bogut pulls down 14 boards as the potential Western Conference contenders take down the Lakers in the first of a two-game series in China. Nick Young and Pau Gasol combined for 33 for L.A.
 Steve Nash #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during the 2013 Global Games on October 15, 2013 at the MasterCard Center in Beijing, China. NBAE via Getty Images
NBA Global Games
10/18/2013
Shanghai, China
Golden State Warriors 115, Los Angeles Lakers 89
Andre Iguodala, the Warriors' prized offseason acquisition, dished out 14 assists with seven rebounds, while Klay Thompson stuck 5-of-6 3-pointers for 25 points, as the Warriors rolled to a blowout win in the 2013 Global Games preseason finale.
Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors competes in the NBA match between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors on October 18, 2013 in Shanghai, China. NBAE via Getty Images
NBA Global Games (Regular Season)
12/4/2013
Mexico City, Mexico
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs
The game was postponed due to a generator malfunction which produced smoke inside Mexico City Arena. The teams will play the rescheduled game on Tuesday, April 8, at 8 p.m. ET at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
NBA Global Games (Regular Season)
1/16/2014
London, England
Brooklyn Nets 127, Atlanta Hawks 110
Joe Johnson was electric from the start, pouring in 26 of his eventual 29 points in the first half to pace the Nets past the Hawks in the final Global Games of David Stern's tenure as NBA Commissioner.
Kevin Garnett and the Brooklyn Nets take on the Atlanta Hawks as part of the 2014 Global Games on January 16, 2014 at The O2 Arena in London, England.  NBAE via Getty Images