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Kings will play Celtics in Mexico next season

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) works to go up for a shot while defended by Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) in the first quarter against the Boston Celtics on Feb. 20, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) works to go up for a shot while defended by Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) in the first quarter against the Boston Celtics on Feb. 20, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. jvillegas@sacbee.com

The Kings will play the Boston Celtics on Dec. 3 in a regular-season game in Mexico City at Mexico City Arena.

It will be the third regular-season game played in Mexico as part of NBA Global Games 2015. It also will be the league’s 22nd game in Mexico, the most NBA games in a country outside the United States and Canada.

“We’re honored to participate in the NBA’s Global Games,” Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive said in a statement. “The ultimate power of sports is the ability to connect people across geographic, economic and cultural lines. As part of our NBA 3.0 philosophy, we look forward to connecting with fans in Mexico City and sharing our experience through social media and digital platforms with fans around the world.”

It will be the second consecutive season the Kings will travel outside of the United States or Canada to play a game. The Kings played the Brooklyn Nets in two preseason games in China this season.

“International competition provides an opportunity for our players and staff to grow closer together while experiencing basketball in a foreign setting,” Kings coach George Karl said. “We’re all excited about the trip to Mexico City and look forward to entertaining many great NBA fans in Latin America.”

The Kings will be the host team, and season-ticket holders will have the option of receiving a refund for one fewer home game or applying the credit for future purchases.

Jason Jones

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