NBA Plans to Put a Minor-League Team in Mexico City

Ross Houston
December 8, 2017

Caris LeVert hit 6-of-10 shots, a 3-pointer and 8-of-9 free throws for a career night, including 21 points, 10 assists and the first double-double of his career in Thursday's 100-95 win over the Thunder.

Westbrook finished with 31 points but shot 10 of 27 from the field.

Allen Crabbe had 15 points for Brooklyn, playing without guards Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell because of injuries and without power forward Trevor Booker after he was traded to Philadelphia before the game.

The Nets, seeking revenge after an early week loss to Atlanta, reeled off 17 straight points to take control of the game.

Okafor and G Nik Stauskas will not play in the games in Mexico City, the second of which has the Nets facing the Miami Heat on Saturday.

Oklahoma City (11-13) also dropped its eighth straight road game and blew its seventh double-digit lead of the season. Oklahoma City played without Paul George (right calf contusion) and Jerami Grant (left hip contusion). LeVert added four foul shots in the final 19 seconds.

"I thought the biggest challenge was, if you look at our possessions, they were really, really good when we got downhill (with dribble penetration)", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

Nets: Quincy Acy and Tyler Zeller each scored 11 points. The Nets will play two regular-season games in the Mexican capital this week. They visit Toronto on December 15. The Nets didn't get their 10th win last season until March 1. "That was it. We slowed Russ down a little bit, and that kind of helped us".

While stressing that his league is not actively pursuing expansion or relocation for any of its 30 current franchises, Commissioner Adam Silver has described Mexico City as a natural contender for an eventual N.B.A. team on numerous occasions this year.

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