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NBA Western Conference teams are averaging 17,080 fans per home game this season, relatively flat compared to the same period a year ago. The Trail Blazers remain tops in the conference at 20,468 fans per contest at the Rose Garden, which is flat with last year. Despite remaining near the bottom of the conference standings, the T'Wolves and Kings are seeing a 9% and 8% bump, respectively. After finishing last season with a 20% jump in home gate, the Hornets' disappointing on-court performance this season has contributed to a 13% decline at New Orleans Arena, marking the sharpest drop among Western Conference teams. Below is team-by-team attendance for the NBA Western Conference through January 13, with comparisons to the same period a year ago. See yesterday's Back of the Book section for Eastern Conference figures (THE DAILY).NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH JANUARY 13HOME TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.% CAP.PREV.% +/-GMS ('08-09)Trail Blazers22450,30020,468102.4%20,541-0.4%18Mavericks19378,86619,940103.9%20,008-0.3%18
Lakers24455,92818,997100.0%18,9970.0%22 Jazz20378,85318,94395.1%19,896-4.8%20 Warriors16291,13318,19692.9%18,808-3.3%15 Thunder20358,14317,90798.4%18,575-3.6%20 Spurs23410,48917,84796.1%17,8450.0%21 Nuggets20347,87717,39490.8%16,6414.5%20 Suns19328,57517,29393.9%18,422-6.1%19 Rockets16270,12416,88393.6%17,664-4.4%17 Clippers20314,79515,74082.6%15,1553.9%18 Hornets18267,20114,84586.4%16,961-12.5%17 T'Wolves20291,04914,55275.2%13,3748.8%19 Kings21279,73113,32176.9%12,3078.2%20 Grizzlies17215,51612,67770.0%12,4881.5%21 W.C. Totals2955,038,58017,08091.0%17,126-0.3%285 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.