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NBA teams to host Australian NBL teams for exhibition games

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26: A helicopter tows a large Australian flag past the Perth city skyline prior to the fireworks on the banks of the Swan River as Australia celebrates Australia Day on January 26, 2010 in Perth, Australia. Australia Day is the official national day of Australia and is celebrated annually on January 26 to commemorate the arrival of the First Fleet to Sydney in 1788. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Six NBA teams will host teams from Australia’s National Basketball League for 2018-19 preseason exhibition games.

The NBA and NBL announced the plans Tuesday for five Australian teams to visit the U.S. for games from Sept. 28-Oct. 5. It’s the second straight year the Australian league will send teams for games.

The Philadelphia 76ers, with Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons of Australia and coached by former Australian national team coach Brett Brown, will host the Melbourne United on Sept. 28.

The Utah Jazz, featuring Australians Joe Ingles and Dante Exum, will host two of the games.

The other games:

-Utah hosts the Perth Wildcats on Sept. 29.

-The Los Angeles Clippers play former NBA player Andrew Bogut and the Sydney Kings on Sept. 30 in Honolulu.

-The Phoenix Suns host the New Zealand Breakers on Oct. 3.

-Denver welcomes Perth on Oct. 5.

-Toronto meets Melbourne at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena on Oct. 5.

-Utah hosts the Adelaide 36ers on Oct. 5.