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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 8HOME TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.%
Warriors9163,50418,16792.7%18,0000.9%9 Thunder11198,98918,09099.4%17,8841.2%11 Spurs12214,67417,89096.3%17,7340.9%12 Suns10174,34217,43494.6%17,3390.5%7 Clippers13212,81716,37185.9%15,0738.6%13 Nuggets11179,31816,30285.1%17,061-4.5%10 Rockets9142,01815,78087.5%17,180-8.2%8 T'Wolves10154,86915,48780.0%15,3520.9%11 Grizzlies11157,14114,28678.8%12,11817.9%9 Hornets11149,42713,58479.0%14,637-7.2%10 Kings12158,55013,21376.3%12,1468.8%11 W.C. TOTALS1662,825,81517,02390.8%16,9200.6%160 NBA TOTALS3255,499,70816,92288.4%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.