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Clippers to play two exhibition games in China

Clippers to play two exhibition games in China
Clippers' Blake Griffin scores between Hornets' Marvin Williams, left, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at Staples Center on Tuesday. The NBA announced Wednesday that the two teams will travel to China for a two-game exhibition in October. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

For the second time in three years, the Clippers will be going to China to play in the NBA Global Games in October.

The Clippers will play the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA’s first-ever game in Shenzhen, China, on Oct. 11 at the Shenzhen Universiade Center, the NBA announced Wednesday.

The two teams will then meet in a rematch in Shanghai on Oct. 14 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Led by eight-time All-Star Chris Paul, five-time All-Star Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers have become one of the NBA’s star attractions.

"Returning to China to participate in the NBA Global Games China is another important step in establishing the Clippers as a first-class international franchise," Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a statement.

"We are looking forward to representing Los Angeles and the NBA as we bring our exciting brand of basketball to all of our fans in China."

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