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NBA European adventure a success for Nets, Britain

 New Jersey Nets Brook Lopez, 2nd left, tries to push the ball to the hoop despite the challenge from Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani, right, during t...
 New Jersey Nets Kris Humphries, right, jumps with Toronto Raptors James Johnson during their NBA basketball match at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday...
 New Jersey Nets Sundiata Gaines, left, drives past Toronto Raptors Jerryd Bayless during their NBA basketball match at the O2 Arena in London, Saturd...
 New Jersey Nets Deron Williams, left, tries to get the ball past Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani during their NBA basketball match at the O2 Arena in...

Britain Nets Raptors Basketball

New Jersey Nets Brook Lopez, 2nd left, tries to push the ball to the hoop despite the challenge from Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani, right, during t...

Britain Nets Raptors Basketball

New Jersey Nets Kris Humphries, right, jumps with Toronto Raptors James Johnson during their NBA basketball match at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday...

Britain Nets Raptors Basketball

New Jersey Nets Sundiata Gaines, left, drives past Toronto Raptors Jerryd Bayless during their NBA basketball match at the O2 Arena in London, Saturd...

Britain Nets Raptors Basketball

New Jersey Nets Deron Williams, left, tries to get the ball past Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani during their NBA basketball match at the O2 Arena in...

The NBA's latest foray to Europe has given a welcome shot in the arm not only to the ailing New Jersey Nets but also to Britain in its attempt to compete in next year's London Olympics on home territory.
The Nets return to the United States having ended a six-game losing streak with back-to-back victories over the Toronto Raptors in the first regular-season NBA games to be played in Europe.
Played in front of packed crowds of 18,700 fans at the O2 Arena in London on Friday and Saturday, the matches were branded a success by players and officials from both teams.
That will be music to the ears of Britain's basketball officials, who will discover next Sunday whether FIBA allows Britain's men's and women's teams to compete in the 2012 Games.