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LONDON — If Adam Silver learned one thing from his latest trip to London, it is that the appetite for more NBA games remains hearty around Europe — and the rest of the world.

And while the league commissioner would love to satisfy that appetite, there is still an Atlantic-sized gap between the NBA’s desire for overseas expansion and what is actually doable.

So while the NFL continues to stage multiple regular-season games each year in London — albeit cutting the number from four to three next season — European basketball fans may have to continue to settle for just one.

“We’re considering bringing additional games to Europe,” Silver said ahead of Thursday’s game between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena. “It’s just the logistical challenges for us are so much greater (than for the NFL). … The demand is there and the interest is there. It’s really more a question of our schedule and whether we can make it work.”

The NBA has been staging regular-season games at the O2 since 2011 in an attempt to grow the game both in Britain and worldwide. And the interest in this latest edition was sky-high. Tickets sold out in less than an hour and were going for multiple times their face value from online resellers, with a multitude of soccer stars and other celebrities sitting courtside.

And it was clear from Silver’s pregame news conference that other countries want an up-close look at the spectacle as well. Journalists from Australia, France, Germany, Turkey and Africa all had the same question: When will the NBA bring regular-season games to their part of the world?

“We would love to do it,” was Silver’s universal answer — before outlining the scheduling difficulties that are currently hampering any such plans. The Celtics and 76ers, for instance, both had at least four days off before and after this game in order to cope with the travel. That is one reason the Celtics have played the most games of any team in the league so far — 44 — as their schedule was compressed to make room for this trip. The 76ers have played the fewest games of any team — 39 — and have the busy part of their season yet to come.

As for the game, the Boston Celtics won. The last time they won in London was 10 seasons ago, and they went on to win the NBA title.

Kyrie Irving had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Boston overcame a 22-point deficit to beat the 76ers 114-103 in the eighth regular season NBA game played in England.

“It’s always great to believe in fate,” Irving said. “But for us we have to be dogged in every moment we’re afforded. It’s great for that to happen for that past team but it’s the past. We have to be very present. Winning an NBA championship is one of the hardest things you can do in life.”

Also Thursday:

Raptors 133, Cavaliers 99: TORONTO — Cleveland absorbed their most-lopsided loss of the season. The Cavaliers have dropped six of their last eight games. C.J.Miles scored 16 points, Pascal Siakam and Norm Powell each had 14 and DeMar DeRozan 13 for the Raptors, who were without point guard Kyle Lowry (bruised tailbone) and forward Serge Ibaka (suspension).

Clippers 121, Kings 115: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Tyrone Wallace intercepted a pass at midcourt and drove in for a dunk with 10.9 seconds left, moments after what looked like a costly turnover by Lou Williams, and Los Angeles held off Sacramento after blowing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Lakers 93, Spurs 81: LOS ANGELES — Brandon Ingram scored 26 points, Lonzo Ball added 18 and Los Angeles got its first three-game winning streak of the season.

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