Barnes takes shot at Warriors fans after beating Lakers

Barnes takes shot at Warriors fans after beating Lakers
March 26, 2013, 10:15 am
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The Warriors bested their average season attendence by 269 Monday night, drawing 19,596 Warriors and Lakers fans. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Programming note: Watch Chronicle Live tonight at 5 and 11 p.m. PT, when Barry Tompkins, Dan Dibley and Warriors big man Festus Ezeli will give their take on Harrison Barnes' tweet, only on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

Evidence shows Warriors fans are some of the NBA's best. They have the fifth highest attendance this year with an average of 19,327 Believers per game, almost 300 more than their southern California counterparts -- the Los Angles Lakers.

But the Lakers, who sell a league-high 99.3 percent of tickets to their road games, might have contributed to the Warriors' strong turnout Monday night.

The Warriors emerged from the Lakers' shadow with a 109-103 victory, solidifying their place as the sixth seed in the Western Conference, and increasing their chances of avoiding a first-round matchup with either the San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder.

[RATTO: The Lakers are in Mark Jackson's rearview mirror]

But it wasn't all good in Oakland, as small forward Harrison Barnes took exception to the amount of support the well-traveled Laker fans provided the real road team. After 10 points and five rebounds in under 30 minutes, Barnes tweeted the following:

Oracle Arena is widely regarded as one of the most difficult NBA destinations to visit, and Laker games are well-attended by L.A. fans no matter where they play, let alone within the state. Was Barnes' subtle jab at Warriors fans misplaced?

 

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