Raptors and Rockets to play 2 pre-season games in Japan

Japanese internet company Rakuten President and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani announces NBA Japan Games 2019 during a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Mikitani announced that the NBA's Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets will play on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10 at the Saitama Super Arena this year. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Japanese internet company Rakuten President and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani, left, speaks via video call with Adam Silver, right on the screen, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to announce NBA Japan Games 2019 during a press conference Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Tokyo. Mikitani announced that the NBA's Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets will play on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10 at the Saitama Super Arena this year.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Japanese internet company Rakuten President and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani announces NBA Japan Games 2019 during a press conference Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Tokyo. Mikitani announced that the NBA's Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets will play on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10 at the Saitama Super Arena this year.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO — The Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets will play two pre-season games in October at the Saitama Super Arena, the basketball venue for next year's Tokyo Olympics.

In a statement Tuesday, the NBA said it has staged 12 regular-season games in Japan, beginning in 1990 when the Utah Jazz played the Phoenix Suns. The NBA says this was the first regular-season game played outside North America by a U.S. sports league.

The Rockets played two regular-season games in Japan in 1992. The Raptors will be making their first visit to Japan.

Houston is led by James Harden and Chris Paul. Toronto is led by Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, and Marc Gasol.

The Saitama Super Arena is located northwest of central Tokyo.

___

More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Must Read

Del Potro goes for scan after wrist hurt in fall in Shanghai

Oct 13, 2017

Rafael Nadal has tied Andre Agassi for sixth place on the list of all-time Open Era wins by...

Nadal, Federer advance to Shanghai final for 38th encounter

Oct 14, 2017

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will face each for the 38th time after advancing to the Shanghai...

Fiji wins 4th straight Hong Kong 7s beating Kenya in final

Apr 8, 2018

Fiji has won a fourth successive Hong Kong Sevens after pouncing on Kenya's ill-discipline and...

Hamilton quickest in both practice sessions for Chinese GP

Apr 13, 2018

Defending Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton was quickest in both practice sessions on for the...

No 1s Tai and Axelsen lose in world badminton quarterfinals

Aug 3, 2018

No. 1s Tai Tzu Ying and Viktor Axelsen have been knocked out in the quarterfinals of the badminton...

AseanCoverage is a next-gen news site focusing exclusively on online news from South East Asia.

Contact us: sales[at]aseancoverage.com