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Heat Attendance Up 13.5% To Date; Pistons Down 9.5% In Detroit

The Heat are the only NBA team seeing a double-digit percentage increase in attendance this season, up 13.5% through Feb. 15. The Bulls lead all NBA teams with 21,543 fans per game at United Center, up 4.2% from a year ago. During their first season at the Amway Center, the Magic are up 8.4% in attendance. The Nets' attendance is flat during their first season at Prudential Center in Newark after leaving Izod Center following last season. The Pistons are seeing the sharpest drop among NBA teams, down almost 10% at the gate. Listed below is attendance for the NBA Eastern Conference, with comparisons to the same period a year ago. See yesterday's issue for Western Conference figures (THE DAILY).

NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH FEB. 15
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('09-10)
Bulls
28
603,213
21,543
103.0%
20,685
4.2%
24
Cavaliers
25
508,363
20,335
98.9%
20,562
-1.1%
27
Heat
25
493,816
19,753
100.8%
17,405
13.5%
26
Knicks
26
512,434
19,709
99.7%
19,488
1.1%
28
Magic
28
529,941
18,926
102.3%
17,461
8.4%
25
Celtics
29
540,096
18,624
100.0%
18,624
0.0%
24
Pistons
28
461,965
16,499
74.7%
18,237
-9.5%
27
Raptors
27
438,232
16,231
82.0%
17,688
-8.2%
26
Wizards
27
436,799
16,178
80.2%
16,891
-4.2%
25
Bobcats
28
446,975
15,963
83.7%
15,078
5.9%
25
Bucks
25
384,880
15,395
82.3%
15,039
2.4%
24
Hawks
26
379,938
14,613
78.0%
16,037
-8.9%
27
76ers
26
367,906
14,150
69.6%
13,695
3.3%
25
Pacers
27
367,183
13,599
74.9%
13,863
-1.9%
26
Nets
28
367,172
13,113
70.1%
13,123
-0.1%
24
E.C. TOTALS
403
6,838,913
16,970
86.7%
16,962
0.0%
383
NBA TOTALS
821
14,022,871
17,080
89.2%
17,031
0.3%
780
 

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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