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THURS­DAY 12 JAN­UARY Drib­bling its way into The O2 arena is the NBA Global Games: this year’s en­counter sees the Den­ver Nuggets take on the In­di­ana Pac­ers. The NBA Global Games play one match out­side the United States and Canada in order to broaden the sport’s pop­u­lar­ity around the world. Since mak­ing its de­but here in 2011, it has been a hugely pop­u­lar an­nual event. NBA com­mis­sioner Adam Silver says: ‘ We are thrilled to re­turn for our sev­enth reg­u­lar-sea­son game in Lon­don. With al­most 25 per cent of play­ers in the NBA born out­side of Amer­ica, we are see­ing first-hand the global growth of our game, which has never been more pop­u­lar in the UK.’

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