List of games played between NBA and international teams

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The following is a history of the list of games played between NBA and international teams. Teams from the National Basketball Association (NBA) have played numerous basketball games against various international teams from around the world. NBA teams, from both the United States and Canada, have played many games against international clubs from various different basketball leagues, as well as against some league all-star teams and national teams.

Some of these games have been played under NBA rules, while some of them have been played under a mixture of both NBA and FIBA rules. Games played in the USA or Canada are played under NBA rules.

For a list of games played between NBA and Euroleague teams only, see NBA versus Euroleague games.

History[edit]

One of the first basketball games between an NBA and a FIBA (international) team was held in 1978, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Euroleague and Israeli League, surprisingly beat the defending NBA champion Washington Bullets, by a score of 98 to 97.[1]

Since then, 6 other Euroleague teams have defeated an NBA franchise: Barcelona, Málaga and Real Madrid from the Spanish League, CSKA Moscow of the Russian Championship, Fenerbahçe Ülker from the Turkish League, and Alba Berlin from the German League.

In addition to defeating the Washington Bullets in 1978, Maccabi Tel Aviv also beat the New Jersey Nets and Phoenix Suns in 1984, in Israel, and beat the Toronto Raptors, 103-105, in Toronto in 2005.

The first Barcelona and CSKA wins came during the 2006 NBA Europe Live Tour, where Barcelona beat the Philadelphia 76ers 104-99, and the Moscow win by 19 over the Los Angeles Clippers (94-75), is the widest Euroleague victory so far.

During the 2007 NBA Europe Live Tour, Málaga beat the Memphis Grizzlies 102-99, and Real Madrid beat Toronto 104-103. In 2010, two European teams, Barcelona and CSKA Moscow again, beat NBA teams, by narrow margins. More recent Euroleague victories came during the 2012 NBA Europe Live Tour, when Fenerbahçe Ülker defeated the Boston Celtics, by a score of 97-91, and Barcelona beat the Dallas Mavericks, by a score of 99-85. In 2013, CSKA beat the Minnesota Timberwolves by a score of 108-106, and in 2014, Alba Berlin beat the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 94-93.

These games were initially played as part of the now-defunct McDonald's Championship, where NBA teams always won the games. Since 2006, they are mostly played during the NBA Europe Live Tour and the Euroleague American Tour.

In addition to that, one senior men's national team squad, the Soviet Union National Team, beat the Atlanta Hawks, by a score of 132-123, in an exhibition game in Moscow, in 1988.

NBA vs. international teams[edit]

1970s[edit]

8 September 1978
Washington Bullets United States 97–98 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
24 August 1979
Washington Bullets United States 96–82 China Bayi Rockets
29 August 1979
Washington Bullets United States 113–80 China China National Team
4 September 1979
Washington Bullets United States 133–123 Philippines Philippine Basketball Association

1980s[edit]

24 August 1984
Seattle SuperSonics United States 94–87 West Germany SSV Hagen
25 August 1984
Seattle SuperSonics United States 119–95 West Germany ASC 1846 Göttingen
28 August 1984
Phoenix Suns United States 111–91 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
28 August 1984
New Jersey Nets United States 97–104 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
29 August 1984
New Jersey Nets United States 101–82 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
29 August 1984
Phoenix Suns United States 98–113 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
29 August 1984
Seattle SuperSonics United States 123–101 Italy Benetton Treviso
31 August 1984
Seattle SuperSonics United States 111–110 Switzerland Vevey Baskets
5 September 1984
Seattle SuperSonics United States 106–76 West Germany ASC 1846 Göttingen
5 September 1984
Phoenix Suns United States 127–109 Italy Pallacanestro Varese
5 September 1984
New Jersey Nets United States 127–80 Italy Olimpia Milano
7 September 1984
Phoenix Suns United States 118–93 Italy Olimpia Milano
7 September 1984
New Jersey Nets United States 142–106 Italy Virtus Bologna
9 September 1984
Seattle SuperSonics United States 109–86 West Germany TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen
9 September 1984
Phoenix Suns United States 121–87 Italy Virtus Bologna
9 September 1984
New Jersey Nets United States 123–111 Italy Pallacanestro Varese
23 October 1987
Milwaukee Bucks United States 123–111 Italy Olimpia Milano
25 October 1987
Milwaukee Bucks United States 127–100 Soviet Union Soviet Union National Team
25 July 1988
Atlanta Hawks United States 85–84 Soviet Union Soviet Union National Team
27 July 1988
Atlanta Hawks United States 110–105 OT Soviet Union Soviet Union National Team
30 July 1988
Atlanta Hawks United States 123–132 Soviet Union Soviet Union National Team
9 October 1988
Philadelphia 76ers United States 108–107 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
21 October 1988
Boston Celtics United States 113–85 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia National Team
23 October 1988
Boston Celtics United States 111–96 Spain Real Madrid
12 October 1989
Miami Heat United States 101–95 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
20 October 1989
Denver Nuggets United States 137–103 Spain FC Barcelona
22 October 1989
Denver Nuggets United States 135–129 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia KK Split

1990s[edit]

11 October 1990
New York Knicks United States 119–115 OT Italy Scavolini Pesaro
13 October 1990
New York Knicks United States 117–101 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia KK Split
16 October 1990
Los Angeles Lakers United States 129–106 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
18 October 1991
Los Angeles Lakers United States 132–101 France CSP Limoges
19 October 1991
Los Angeles Lakers United States 116–114 Spain Joventut Badalona
24 October 1991
Los Angeles Clippers United States 146–112 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
27 October 1991
Los Angeles Clippers United States 98–93 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
22 October 1993
Phoenix Suns United States 145–115 Spain Real Madrid
23 October 1993
Phoenix Suns United States 112–90 Italy Virtus Bologna
20 October 1994
Golden State Warriors United States 122–104 Spain Joventut Badalona
21 October 1994
Charlotte Hornets United States 114–107 Italy Virtus Bologna
20 October 1995
Houston Rockets United States 116–72 Australia Perth Wildcats
21 October 1995
Houston Rockets United States 126–112 Italy Virtus Bologna
17 October 1997
Chicago Bulls United States 89–82 France Paris Basket Racing
18 October 1997
Chicago Bulls United States 104–78 Greece Olympiacos
11 October 1999
Miami Heat United States 126–91 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
15 October 1999
San Antonio Spurs United States 96–86 Italy Pallacanestro Varese
16 October 1999
San Antonio Spurs United States 103–68 Brazil Vasco da Gama
Italy Fila Forum, Milan

2000s[edit]

10 October 2003
Memphis Grizzlies United States 91–80 Spain FC Barcelona
10 October 2003
Toronto Raptors Canada 100–76 Greece Panathinaikos
20 October 2004
Toronto Raptors Canada 86–83 Italy Benetton Treviso
16 October 2005
Toronto Raptors Canada 103–105 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
19 October 2005
Orlando Magic United States 93–79 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
5 October 2006
San Antonio Spurs United States 115–90 France ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne
5 October 2006
Philadelphia 76ers United States 99–104 Spain FC Barcelona
6 October 2006
Phoenix Suns United States 100–93 Italy Virtus Roma
6 October 2006
Los Angeles Clippers United States 98–91 Russia BC Khimki
7 October 2006
Los Angeles Clippers United States 75–94 Russia CSKA Moscow
8 October 2006
San Antonio Spurs United States 97–84 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
10 October 2006
Denver Nuggets United States 118–102 Turkey Efes Pilsen
11 October 2006
Phoenix Suns United States 119–102 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
11 October 2006
Philadelphia 76ers United States 85–71 Russia CSKA Moscow
12 October 2006
Golden State Warriors United States 120–66 Turkey Efes Pilsen
17 October 2006
Cleveland Cavaliers United States 93–67 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
19 October 2006
Toronto Raptors Canada 118–84 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
6 October 2007
Minnesota Timberwolves United States 84–81 Turkey Efes Pilsen
7 October 2007
Toronto Raptors Canada 93–87 Italy Virtus Roma
9 October 2007
Memphis Grizzlies United States 99–102 Spain Baloncesto Málaga
11 October 2007
Memphis Grizzlies United States 98–73 Spain Estudiantes
11 October 2007
Toronto Raptors Canada 103–104 Spain Real Madrid
11 October 2007
New York Knicks United States 112–85 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
11 October 2007
Houston Rockets United States 107–70 Greece Panathinaikos
13 October 2007
San Antonio Spurs United States 113–91 Greece Panathinaikos
15 October 2007
Golden State Warriors United States 107–88 Lithuania Žalgiris Kaunas
17 October 2007
Toronto Raptors Canada 105–99 Lithuania Žalgiris Kaunas
18 October 2007
Orlando Magic United States 116–92 China China National Team
19 October 2007
Washington Wizards United States 115–96 Lithuania Žalgiris Kaunas
10 October 2008
Orlando Magic United States 94–66 Russia CSKA Moscow
14 October 2008
Toronto Raptors Canada 86–78 Russia CSKA Moscow
18 October 2008
Los Angeles Lakers United States 108–104 Spain FC Barcelona
19 October 2008
Los Angeles Clippers United States 114–109 Spain FC Barcelona
21 October 2008
Golden State Warriors United States 126–106 Lithuania Lietuvos rytas
3 October 2009
Denver Nuggets United States 102–70 Serbia Partizan Belgrade
6 October 2009
Phoenix Suns United States 111–80 Serbia Partizan Belgrade
8 October 2009
Utah Jazz United States 109–87 Spain Real Madrid
9 October 2009
San Antonio Spurs United States 107–89 Greece Olympiacos
12 October 2009
Cleveland Cavaliers United States 111–94 Greece Olympiacos
18 October 2009
New York Knicks United States 106–91 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
20 October 2009
Los Angeles Clippers United States 108–96 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv

2010s[edit]

3 October 2010
New York Knicks United States 125–113 Italy Olimpia Milano
3 October 2010
New Jersey Nets United States 108–70 Israel Maccabi Haifa
7 October 2010
Los Angeles Lakers United States 88–92 Spain FC Barcelona
12 October 2010
Miami Heat United States 96–85 Russia CSKA Moscow
14 October 2010
Memphis Grizzlies United States 110–105 Spain Saski Baskonia
14 October 2010
Oklahoma City Thunder United States 97–89 Russia CSKA Moscow
16 October 2010
San Antonio Spurs United States 108–85 Spain Saski Baskonia
16 October 2010
Cleveland Cavaliers United States 87–90 Russia CSKA Moscow
5 October 2012
Boston Celtics United States 91–97 Turkey Fenerbahçe
6 October 2012
Dallas Mavericks United States 89–84 Germany Alba Berlin
6 October 2012
Memphis Grizzlies United States 105–93 Spain Real Madrid
6 October 2012
San Antonio Spurs United States 106–77 Italy Mens Sana Basket
7 October 2012
Boston Celtics United States 105–75 Italy Olimpia Milano
8 October 2012
Toronto Raptors Canada 102–95 Spain Real Madrid
8 October 2012
Cleveland Cavaliers United States 91–85 Italy Mens Sana Basket
9 October 2012
Dallas Mavericks United States 85–99 Spain FC Barcelona
11 October 2012
Golden State Warriors United States 108–100 Israel Maccabi Haifa
16 October 2012
Minnesota Timberwolves United States 114–81 Israel Maccabi Haifa
5 October 2013
Oklahoma City Thunder United States 95–82 Turkey Fenerbahçe
6 October 2013
Philadelphia 76ers United States 106–104 Spain Bilbao Basket
7 October 2013
Minnesota Timberwolves United States 106–108 Russia CSKA Moscow
7 October 2013
Phoenix Suns United States 130–89 Israel Maccabi Haifa
8 October 2013
Detroit Pistons United States 91–69 Israel Maccabi Haifa
9 October 2013
San Antonio Spurs United States 95–93 Russia CSKA Moscow
13 October 2013
Memphis Grizzlies United States 116–70 Israel Maccabi Haifa
5 October 2014
Cleveland Cavaliers United States 107–80 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
7 October 2014
Brooklyn Nets United States 111–94 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
8 October 2014
San Antonio Spurs United States 93–94 Germany Alba Berlin
8 October 2014
Phoenix Suns United States 100–88 Brazil Flamengo
11 October 2014
San Antonio Spurs United States 96–90 Turkey Fenerbahçe
15 October 2014
Orlando Magic United States 106–88 Brazil Flamengo
15 October 2014
Washington Wizards United States 101–95 Israel Maccabi Haifa
17 October 2014
Memphis Grizzlies United States 112–72 Brazil Flamengo
17 October 2014
Portland Trail Blazers United States 121–74 Israel Maccabi Haifa
18 October 2014
Sacramento Kings United States 91–59 Israel Maccabi Haifa
22 October 2014
Toronto Raptors Canada vs. Israel Maccabi Haifa

NBA champions vs Euroleague champions[edit]

18 October 1997
Chicago Bulls United States 104–78 Greece Olympiacos
13 October 2007
San Antonio Spurs United States 113–91 Greece Panathinaikos
7 October 2010
Los Angeles Lakers United States 88–92 Spain FC Barcelona

Performance by team[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Expedientes X (I); ACB.com 31 July 2002 (Spanish)

External links[edit]