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Rockets-Pacers pre-season game to take place in PH

(Reuters) - Basketball-mad Philippines will experience live NBA for the first time in October when twice champions the Houston Rockets meet the Indiana Pacers in a pre-season fixture as part of a global schedule of games announced on Tuesday.

The clash on Oct. 10 will be the first pre-season game to be held in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, who top the list of countries following the NBA on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter outside the United States.

"Our game in Manila is an exciting opportunity to connect with the passionate basketball fans in the Philippines and across southeast Asia," NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement.

The NBA's Philippines website (ph.nba.com) added that six other teams would be involved globally in the October schedule including 16-times champions the Los Angeles Lakers.

The NBA has staged 138 pre-season and regular season games abroad since 1978 and will visit Brazil for the first time later this year when six-times champions the Chicago Bulls take on the Washington Wizards.

2013-14 NBA global games schedule:

Oklahoma City Thunder v Fenerbahce, Oct. 5, Istanbul

Philadelphia 76ers v Uxue Bilbao, Oct. 6, Bilbao

Oklahoma City v Philadelphia, Oct. 8, Manchester, England

Houston Rockets v Indiana Pacers, Oct. 10, Manila

Houston v Indiana, Oct. 13, Taipei

Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards, Oct. 12, Rio de Janeiro

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers, Oct. 15, Beijing

Golden State v Los Angeles, Oct. 18, Shanghai

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