By James Crook

158988380March 5 - Manchester will host its first ever National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season game this October as Oklahoma City Thunder take on Philadelphia 76ers at the Manchester Arena, with other pre-season fixtures set for Brazil, the Philippines and Bilbao in Spain.

Houston Rockets will face Indiana Pacers at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, the Chicago Bulls will play the Washington Wizards at the HSBC Arena in Rio, and the Philadelphia 76ers also take on Uxue Bilbao Basket at the Bizkaia Arena in the Basque city.

The Rockets and Pacers will face each other again in Taipei, the Thunder will travel to Istanbul to play Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and Golden State Warriors will meet Los Angeles Lakers in both Beijing and Shanghai.

As well as the global on-court action, the NBA global games will feature a variety of events off the court, including NBA Cares community outreach activities and interactive events in each city, available to all fans.

144830396The NBA's biggest star Kobe Bryant and his LA Lakers team-mates will face Golden State Warriors in Beijing this October

"Providing fans with an authentic NBA experience is an important part of our efforts to grow the game globally," said NBA Commissioner David Stern.

"This fall, nearly a third of our teams will embark on a global tour that will celebrate the game of basketball, give our international fans a chance to connect with NBA teams and players, and leave a lasting impact in each of the communities we visit."

To date, the NBA has staged 138 preseason and regular-season games in 19 countries and territories across Europe, the Americas and Asia since 1978.

2013-14 NBA Global Games Schedule:

October 5 - Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul- Ulker Sports Arena, Istanbul, Turkey

October 6-  Philadelphia 76ers vs. Uxue Bilbao Basket- Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao, Spain

October 8 - Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers- Manchester Arena, Manchester, England

October 10 - Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers- Mall of Asia Arena- Manila, Philippines

October 12 - Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards- HSBC Arena- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

October 13 - Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers- Taipei Arena- Taipei, Taiwan

October 15- Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers- MasterCard Centre- Beijing, China

October 18 - Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers- Mercedes-Benz Arena- Shanghai, China

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