On This Date 12/6/1997
The NBA plays its first regular-season game in Mexico. The NBA had previously had preseason games in Mexico and played regular-season games in Japan, but this was the first time they went south of the border in the regular-season game. The game played at Palacio de Los Deportes in Mexico City would be a thriller as the Houston Rockets edged the Dallas Mavericks 108-106. Michael Finley scored 35 in a losing effort, while Charles Barkley scored 19 points to lead the way for Houston.