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The NBA is averaging 16,993 fans per game through January 13, down 1.2% from the same period a year ago. Eastern Conference teams are down 2.2% to date, as nine of 15 teams in the conference are seeing dips at the gate. The Pistons are the only team in the conference seeing a double-digit decline, off 16%. The 76ers rank last in average attendance at 13,313 per game, and are the only team in the conference below 70% capacity. However, beginning with G Allen Iverson's first home game on December 7, the 76ers are averaging 14,390 fans per game through 10 home games, up 20.3% from 11,966 fans for eight games before that date. With the Bobcats in position for their first playoff berth, the franchise is seeing home attendance up a conference-best 6.4% at Time Warner Cable Arena. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for NBA Eastern Conference teams through January 13, with comparisons to the same period last season. See tomorrow's issue of THE DAILY for Western Conference attendance (THE DAILY).NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH JANUARY 13HOME TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.% CAP.PREV.% +/-GMS ('08-09)Bulls20412,87420,64498.7%20,968-1.5%19Cavaliers17349,55420,562100.0%20,4550.5%19
Knicks19372,47619,60499.2%19,2431.9%16 Celtics16297,98418,624100.0%18,6240.0%21 Pistons17314,90118,52483.9%22,076-16.1%18 Raptors18318,09317,67289.3%18,904-6.5%18 Magic18314,29817,461100.0%16,7284.4%19 Heat21364,91217,37788.7%17,530-0.9%18 Wizards17289,74317,04484.5%16,7961.5%20 Hawks19303,37615,96785.3%16,098-0.8%19 Bucks18268,34514,90879.6%15,254-2.3%17 Bobcats18264,91614,71877.1%13,8276.4%22 Nets18246,82013,71272.3%15,100-9.2%21 Pacers19255,69613,45874.1%13,801-2.5%16 76ers18239,62713,31365.5%14,013-5.0%17 E.C. TOTALS2734,613,61516,90086.6%17,280-2.2%280 NBA TOTALS5689,652,19516,99388.8%17,202-1.2%565
NOTES: Teams can exceed 100% capacity because of standing-room-only ticket sales. All attendance figures are based on totals posted immediately following games. It may not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league.