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NBA cancel London fixtures

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THE NBA games between the New Jersey Nets and Orlando Magic that were scheduled to take place on March 7 and 8 at the 02 Arena in London have been cancelled.

A labour dispute which caused a lockout of the NBA has meant that several fixtures have been cancelled and that the 2011-12 season will be shortened to 66 games.

The Nets and the Toronto Raptors played at the 02 Arena in March, which was the first time regular season games had taken place outside of America.

Darrell McLennan-Fordyce, senior director marketing & communications of NBA Europe, told the Voice of Sport:

"Due to the condensed schedule for the 2011-12 NBA season, we will not be able to stage the regular-season games we had hoped to play in London in March.

“We are already planning for more regular-season games in London in the future and look forward to bringing more authentic NBA experiences to the United Kingdom."

With the labour dispute now settled, the NBA season will start on Christmas Day.

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