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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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