NBA back in Mexico City and London as expansion gathers pace

London's O2 Arena will again host a regular season game in the NBA for the fifth time.

Story highlights

  • NBA to play regular season games in London and Mexico City
  • Houston takes on Minnesota Timberwolves in Mexico City on November 12
  • London hosts Milwaukee against the Knicks on January 15, 2015.
  • Miami Heat leads line-up for pre-season global series

The National Basketball Association (NBA) stepped up its global expansion Thursday with announcements of regular season games in the 2014/15 season in Mexico City and London.

The Houston Rockets will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in Mexico City Arena on November 12, while the British capital will host Milwaukee Bucks against the New York Knicks at the O2 Arena on January 15.

Minnesota will be hoping to avoid its experience when last scheduled to play at the same venue on December 4 of last year.

Its regular season game against San Antonio Spurs had to be postponed after a generator malfunction sent smoke billowing into the arena.

Durant in tears: Mom is the 'real MVP'
Durant in tears: Mom is the 'real MVP'


    Durant in tears: Mom is the 'real MVP'


Durant in tears: Mom is the 'real MVP' 01:30
Shaq on Sterling's punishment
Shaq on Sterling's punishment


    Sterling to 'fight to the bloody end'


Sterling to 'fight to the bloody end' 02:30
Will NBA let Sterling family sell team?
Will NBA let Sterling family sell team?


    Will NBA let Sterling family sell team?


Will NBA let Sterling family sell team? 05:26
Shaq on Sterling's punishment
Shaq on Sterling's punishment


    Shaq on Sterling's punishment


Shaq on Sterling's punishment 03:29
Who needs the NBA?
Who needs the NBA?


    Who needs the NBA?


Who needs the NBA? 03:08

Read: Hoop dreams turn to reality for NBA

The game was made up in April, but Timberwolves president Chris Wright said his team was not put off by the unfortunate incident.

"This is a great opportunity for the NBA and the Minnesota Timberwolves to continue the incredible growth of our international fan base. The Mexico City fans were phenomenal last year and we look forward to visiting them again this season," he said in a statement.

It will be the fifth regular season game played in London, an annual event which started in 2011.

A capacity crowd last year saw Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 127-110 at the O2.

London is also part of the expansion plans for the National Football League, with regular season NFL games being staged at Wembley to sell out crowds since 2007.

The four teams selected for the overseas feature games next season have many non U.S. players on their rosters.

Read: London hosts first regular NBA game

At the end of the 2013/14 NBA campaign they had a combined 18 international players from 17 countries

"While London and Mexico City each have their own unique culture, they both have rich sports traditions and share a great passion for the NBA," said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

"These regular-season games will bring the excitement and incredible competition of our league to more fans in Europe and Latin America," he added.

The NBA has previously announced a series of pre-season games as part of the league's Global Games promotion.

Two-time defending champion Miami Heat will be among the five teams playing the matches across four countries.

The Heat joins the Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs in a series of games in Brazil, China, Germany, and Turkey.

Read: NFL continues love affair with London

      Sports spotlight

    • AG2R pair Peraud and Romain Bardet (right) thrilled the French fans with their performances on the 2014 Tour de France.

      When will French win Le Tour?

      Whisper it quietly, but after years of foreign domination the prospect of a French winner of the Tour de France is more than just a mere pipe dream.
    • Steve Way leads the in the Commonwealth Games marathon with the favorites massing behind him.

      From 20-a-day man to 26.2 miles

      Seven years ago Steve Way was a 20 per day smoker and weighed a hefty 104 kg, but he led the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
    • The queen of the selfies

      After just one day of competition, a new sport has emerged at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow: snapping selfies with the Queen.
    • Joanna Rowsell is flanked by Australian duo Annette Edmonson and Amy Cure (right) after the medal presentation for the women's individual pursuit.

      Rowsell stands proud again

      Inspirational cyclist Joanna Rowsell added another gold to her growing collection in the individual pursuit at the Commonwealth Games.
    • GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: John Barrowman performs during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

      Gay kiss steals Glasgow show

      At the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, an actor upstaged the Queen by kissing a male dancer.
    • Daniel Carter of the All Blacks in action during the Third Test Match between the New Zealand All Blacks and France at Yarrow Stadium on June 22, 2013 in New Plymouth, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

      Can the All Blacks make history?

      The All Blacks and their fans are focused on one thing, says Dan Carter: becoming the first rugby nation to win back-to-back World Cups.

      Three days with 'The Greatest'

      Photographer Danny Lyon spent three days with Muhammad Ali in 1972 and shares his best photos and memories of the champ.
    • SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23:  Sidney Crosby #87 of Canada celebrates after scoring his team's second goal in the second period during the Men's Ice Hockey Gold Medal match against Sweden on Day 16 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

      Can ice hockey go global?

      With a growing audience boosted by the drama of ice hockey on show in Sochi at the Winter Olympics, can the sport capitalize on its popularity?
    • The first cover star of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, Babette March

      Swimsuit legacy: First cover model

      Her paintings may sell for thousands of dollars, but she is best known for a modeling shot 50 years ago that helped launch a business empire.