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  • NBA Attendance Flat; Grizz, Clips, Kings Seeing Gains At Home

    The NBA is averaging 16,922 fans per game through Dec. 8, flat compared to the same period a year ago. Western Conference clubs are seeing a slight bump in attendance, led by gains for the Grizzlies, Clippers and Kings. The Grizzlies are filling FedExForum to only 78.8% of capacity, but the club is seeing a 17.9% jump in average attendance despite a 9-14 record. The Kings and Clippers also are seeing close to a 9% jump at the gate despite losing records. The Rockets are seeing the sharpest drop in the Western Conference, down 8.2% through last night. Hornets games at New Orleans Arena are averaging 13,584 fans, down 7.2% as the team transitions to temporary ownership by the league. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the NBA Western Conference, with comparisons to the same period a year ago. For Eastern Conference figures, see tomorrow's issue of THE DAILY.

    NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH DECEMBER 8
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    %
    CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS
    ('09-10)
    Trail Blazers
    9
    183,940
    20,438
    102.3%
    20,401
    0.2%
    12
    Mavericks
    12
    238,341
    19,862
    103.4%
    19,847
    0.1%
    10
    Jazz
    14
    269,921
    19,280
    96.8%
    18,674
    3.2%
    12
    Lakers
    12
    227,964
    18,997
    100.0%
    18,997
    0.0%
    15
    Warriors
    9
    163,504
    18,167
    92.7%
    18,000
    0.9%
    9
    Thunder
    11
    198,989
    18,090
    99.4%
    17,884
    1.2%
    11
    Spurs
    12
    214,674
    17,890
    96.3%
    17,734
    0.9%
    12
    Suns
    10
    174,342
    17,434
    94.6%
    17,339
    0.5%
    7
    Clippers
    13
    212,817
    16,371
    85.9%
    15,073
    8.6%
    13
    Nuggets
    11
    179,318
    16,302
    85.1%
    17,061
    -4.5%
    10
    Rockets
    9
    142,018
    15,780
    87.5%
    17,180
    -8.2%
    8
    T'Wolves
    10
    154,869
    15,487
    80.0%
    15,352
    0.9%
    11
    Grizzlies
    11
    157,141
    14,286
    78.8%
    12,118
    17.9%
    9
    Hornets
    11
    149,427
    13,584
    79.0%
    14,637
    -7.2%
    10
    Kings
    12
    158,550
    13,213
    76.3%
    12,146
    8.8%
    11
    W.C. TOTALS
    166
    2,825,815
    17,023
    90.8%
    16,920
    0.6%
    160
    NBA TOTALS
    325
    5,499,708
    16,922
    88.4%
    16,962
    -0.2%
    307

    NOTES: Teams can exceed 100% capacity because of standing-room-only ticket sales. All attendance figures are based on totals posted immediately following games. They may not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league.

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