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Pacers Lead Eastern Conference With 18% Rise In Attendance At Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The Pacers hold the best record among all NBA teams as February comes to a close, and the strong on-court play has translated to the box office. Average attendance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is 17,267, up 18% through the same period last season. The Bulls continue to lead all NBA clubs at the gate with 21,634 per game and are the only team averaging over the 20,000-per-game mark. An expansion of Madison Square Garden has led the Knicks to a 4% attendance boost. The 76ers, who sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, are down a league-worst 18% at the gate. Also seeing declines are the Magic (-9%) and Bucks (-8%). Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the Eastern Conference. See Thursday's issue for Western Conference figures (THE DAILY).

NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH FEB. 25
TEAM
GAMES
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GAMES ('12-13)
Bulls
26
562,477
21,634
103.4%
21,768
-0.6%
28
Knicks*
31
614,172
19,812
100.0%
19,033
4.1%
28
Heat
25
494,267
19,771
100.9%
19,929
-0.8%
27
Celtics
28
503,488
17,982
96.6%
18,624
-3.4%
29
Raptors
27
485,062
17,965
90.7%
18,126
-0.9%
30
Pacers
30
518,000
17,267
95.1%
14,612
18.2%
28
Nets
27
461,962
17,110
96.5%
17,118
0.0%
32
Cavaliers
29
490,427
16,911
82.2%
15,951
6.0%
26
Wizards
29
483,158
16,661
81.8%
15,990
4.2%
28
Magic
29
466,281
16,079
85.3%
17,761
-9.5%
29
Bobcats
29
441,965
15,240
79.9%
15,646
-2.6%
29
Pistons
32
467,808
14,619
68.9%
13,986
4.5%
33
Hawks
28
405,754
14,491
79.9%
14,890
-2.7%
28
76ers
29
390,867
13,478
66.3%
16,404
-17.8%
30
Bucks
29
388,285
13,389
71.5%
14,554
-8.0%
28
E.C. TOTALS
428
7,173,973
16,762
85.8%
16,927
-1.0%
433
NBA TOTALS
850
14,648,339
17,233
90.1%
17,171
0.4%
842
 

NOTES: Totals included a designated Pistons' home game in '12 and Hawks' home game this season played in London. * = Renovation at Madison Square Garden increased capacity from 19,033 to 19,812 this season.

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