Five of the greatest NBA games in the United Kingdom

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The NBA Global Games will be back in London on January 12, 2017, as the Denver Nuggets play host to the Indiana Pacers. The game at the O2 Arena will mark the first time in history that a team from the west coast will play a regular-season game in the British capital and it will mark the Pacers' first ever trip to England.

The games have been a resounding success in the United Kingdom with fans from across Europe flooding to London to see some of their favourite players in action. The 2016 matchup between the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic sold out in a matter of hours and Jonas Valanciunas received a bigger cheer than any other player.

Following today's announcement, GiveMeSport looks at five of biggest moments involving the NBA in the UK - regular season or not - since the game first came to these shores.

Orlando Magic 120, Atlanta Hawks 95

The one that kicked it all off. Shaquille O'Neal and the Orlando Magic arrived in London having finished ninth during Diesel's rookie season in 1992/93 and competed against Dominique Wilkins and the Atlanta Hawks in the first ever preseason game between NBA franchises in Europe.

On the back of Dennis Scott's 14 fourth-quarter points, the Magic claimed an emphatic win and the season ended with Orlando reaching the playoffs having finished fourth in the east. The Hawks topped the conference before falling to the Pacers in the semi-finals - the franchise that dispatched Orlando in the first round.

Minnesota Timberwolves 111, Los Angeles Lakers 92

It may have only been six minutes, but those fans inside the O2 Arena can say they had the joy of watching Kobe Bryant play in the UK. The only other people who can say that are those who saw Team USA in action during or in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.

Phil Jackson had plans to play the Black Mamba in two segments against the Timberwolves as he recovered from a knee injury, but he iced down at half-time after his stint in the first half. It didn't matter to the fans, their enthusiasm was through the roof.

Minnesota won the game against the defending champions as Michael Beasley scored 32 points, but the night was all about the Lakers, easily the biggest team to play in the UK still to this day.

Chicago Bulls 102, Utah Jazz 101

A homecoming for Brit Luol Deng as he got to play in front of his home crowd. Of course, he has done that on numerous occasions while representing Great Britain, but never before - or since - when involving two NBA franchises.

So it was only fitting that the forward scored 18 points in front of a pumped up crowd in London.

Raptors 136, New Jersey Nets 137

The second in a doubleheader that kicked off regular season games in the UK. Toronto and the Nets played out a classic - a day after New Jersey won 116-103 - that is still considered the greatest NBA game to be played on this island.

The team went through three overtime periods and combined for 273 points in 63 minutes as the Nets once against came out on top.

Brook Lopez scored 34 points for the Nets while pulling down 14 rebounds. Travis Outlaw nailed the final eight points for the victors who fought off an Andrea Bargnani inspired Toronto.

Orlando Magic 103, Toronto Raptors 106

Toronto loves an overtime game in London. It may not go down as a classic, but it was still an exciting game for the capacity crowd inside the arena.

The Canadian franchise were up by five late on but let their lead slip and the Orlando Magic came close to stealing a W as Victor Oladipo missed a three. In OT, Lowry came up trumps and put the game to bed after what had been a tough game for him from the field.

Toronto Raptors
Atlantic Division
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Kobe Bryant
LA Lakers
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Central Division
Orlando Magic
Southeast Division
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