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NBA Attendance Flat In '11-12; 76ers, T'Wolves Up Big, While Nets Leave Jersey In Last

NBA teams averaged 17,274 fans per game during the lockout-shortened '11-12 season, flat when compared to the '10-11 campaign. The Bulls again led all teams with 22,161 fans per game at United Center, up 1.7%. The Cavaliers saw the sharpest drop among all clubs, down 20.8% for the club's lowest attendance mark since '02-03, the season before they drafted F LeBron James. The Suns and Pistons also saw sharp drops at the gate. During their final season in New Jersey, the Nets ranked last in NBA attendance with 13,961 fans per game. The 76ers (+18.6%) and T'Wolves (+14.7%) were the only clubs to see a double-digit percentage jump at the gate this season. Listed below is NBA attendance for the '11-12 regular season, with comparisons to last season (THE DAILY).

'11-12 NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('10-11)
Bulls
33
731,326
22,161
105.9%
21,792
1.7%
41
Heat
33
657,855
19,935
101.7%
19,779
0.8%
41
Knicks
33
652,179
19,763
100.0%
19,729
0.2%
41
Magic
33
623,587
18,897
100.3%
18,972
-0.4%
41
Celtics
33
614,592
18,624
100.0%
18,624
0.0%
41
76ers
33
577,597
17,503
86.1%
14,752
18.6%
41
Raptors
33
555,584
16,836
85.0%
16,592
1.5%
41
Wizards
33
552,038
16,728
82.5%
16,792
-0.4%
41
Cavaliers
33
525,577
15,927
77.5%
20,112
-20.8%
41
Hawks
33
501,593
15,200
81.2%
15,649
-2.9%
41
Bobcats
33
486,984
14,757
77.4%
15,846
-6.9%
41
Bucks
33
485,717
14,719
78.6%
15,412
-4.5%
41
Pistons
33
475,638
14,413
65.3%
16,660
-13.5%
41
Pacers
33
467,561
14,169
78.0%
13,538
4.7%
41
Nets
33
460,719
13,961
74.6%
14,180
-1.5%
41
E.C. TOTALS
495
8,368,547
16,906
86.2%
17,229
-1.9%
615
 
'11-12 NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('10-11)
Trail Blazers
33
676,384
20,496
98.6%
20,510
-0.1%
41
Mavericks
33
671,050
20,335
105.9%
20,102
1.2%
41
Jazz
33
637,124
19,307
97.0%
19,512
-1.1%
41
Clippers
33
634,237
19,219
100.8%
17,743
8.3%
41
Lakers
33
626,901
18,997
100.0%
18,997
0.0%
41
Warriors
33
622,311
18,858
96.2%
18,693
0.9%
41
Spurs
33
607,095
18,397
99.0%
18,314
0.5%
41
Thunder
33
600,699
18,203
100.0%
18,148
0.3%
41
T'Wolves
33
577,197
17,491
90.4%
15,243
14.7%
41
Nuggets
33
561,966
17,029
88.9%
16,989
0.2%
41
Grizzlies
33
518,446
15,710
86.7%
14,651
7.2%
41
Suns
33
514,718
15,598
84.7%
17,567
-11.2%
41
Rockets
33
506,994
15,363
85.1%
16,191
-5.1%
41
Hornets
33
498,618
15,110
87.9%
14,709
2.7%
41
Kings
33
478,764
14,508
83.8%
13,890
4.4%
41
W.C. TOTALS
495
8,732,504
17,641
93.9%
17,417
1.3%
615
NBA TOTALS
990
17,101,051
17,274
89.9%
17,323
-0.3%
1,230
 

NOTES: NBA teams this year played a 66-game schedule and started the season in late December, compared to '10-11, when teams played their traditional 82-game schedules and began in late October. All attendance data is based on totals posted immediately following games. Figures do not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league.

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