TOKYO — The Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets will play two pre-season games in October at the Saitama Super Arena, the basketball venue for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
In a statement Tuesday, the NBA said it has staged 12 regular-season games in Japan, beginning in 1990 when the Utah Jazz played the Phoenix Suns. The NBA says this was the first regular-season game played outside North America by a U.S. sports league.
The Rockets played two regular-season games in Japan in 1992. The Raptors will be making their first visit to Japan.
The Saitama Super Arena is located northwest of central Tokyo.