On This Date in Sports: December 6, 1997

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Charles Barkley of the Houston Rockets is guarded by a Samaki Walker of the Dallas Mavericks in Mexico City.
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The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks take their Lone Star rivalry south of the border for the first NBA regular season game in Mexico. The Rockets win the game 108-106 at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. It is the eighth straight win for the Rockets who are led by Charles Barkley in the absence of Hakeem Olajuwon, scoring 19 points with 17 rebounds. The NBA would attempt another game in 2013, but the game that was scheduled on Wednesday Night between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves would be cancelled after a generator fire  filled the arena with smoke.

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