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.
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 98–97.
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. This was the first loss of an NBA team in American soil.
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 team won by 19 over the Los Angeles Clippers (94–75), being the widest victory so far of any international team.
During the 2007 NBA Europe Live Tour, Málaga defeated Memphis Grizzlies 102–99, and Real Madrid overcame Toronto by a narrow 104–103. In 2010, 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
NBA champions vs Euroleague champions
Performance by team