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NBA record crowd packs Pontiac Silverdome

Updated: January 23, 2002, 11:48 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Jan. 29, 1988

An NBA record crowd of 61,983 fills the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., breaking the record of 52,745 set on Feb. 14, 1987, also at the Silverdome. Boosting the attendance is that more than 20,000 fans show up after receiving freebies from upwards of a half-dozen corporations which had bought the $4, third-level seats. Tuffy Mufflers, the biggest donator of tickets, uses Detroit Pistons forward Rick Mahorn as a spokesman.

"You get the tickets," Mahorn had promised. ...

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