The NBA announced today that the Mavericks will play against the Phoenix Suns in Mexico City on Jan. 12, marking the second time the club has competed in a regular-season contest outside of the U.S. and Canada in franchise history. The first came in 1997 against Houston, also in Mexico, in what was the first NBA regular-season game in Latin America.

Two days after the Mavericks and Suns square off, the San Antonio Spurs will play against Phoenix. Both games will be played at Mexico City Arena. This is first time in league history that two regular-season contests will take place in Mexico in the same season.

“We are thrilled to be playing in Mexico City,” Mavs proprietor Mark Cuban said. ” It’s great for the Mavs, the NBA and a great way to tear down walls and barriers between our countries.”

Added NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: “We’ve been playing NBA games in Mexico for 25 years, and we’re thrilled that for the first time we are bringing two regular-season games to Mexico City, featuring three teams with an exciting mix of veteran talent and emerging stars.”

Billed as “NBA Global Games Mexico City 2017,” the series will also feature a variety of interactive fan events and NBA Cares community celebrations. The games will be broadcast around the world on television, digital, and social media.

The contests will be the 23rd and 24th games in Mexico since 1992, the most NBA games held in any country outside of the United States and Canada. The Mavs played in the inaugural preseason game in Mexico City, against Houston as well. For more info, check out NBA Mexico and follow NBA Mexico on Twitter.

The Mavs’ full regular-season schedule will be released within the next couple weeks, so keep your eyes open for that.

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