Do they add a third deck to the Arena?
This should make the call a little easier: A crowd 500 more than capacity blew of the roof Friday night.
Riding the 3-point shooting of Mickael Pietrus and Mike Dunleavy, three great quarters from Jason Richardson and first-class complementary performances by Baron Davis and Adonal Foyle, the Warriors absolutely thrilled the 10th-largest crowd in Arena history 20,043 by outfinishing the mighty Phoenix Suns 127-119 in what was a sprint and a marathon rolled into one.
En route to the team's eighth consecutive win, Dunleavy and Richardson scored 28 points apiece, a figure matched remarkably by Pietrus, even though he took just 11 shots. He made nine, including six consecutive 3-pointers, three of which came during the Warriors' highest scoring fourth quarter of the season a 37-point explosion that capped a comeback from as many as a 14-point deficit in the third quarter.
As exciting as the game had been for 31/2 quarters, it appeared the Suns would improve on their best-in-the-league record when they scored seven straight points to turn a one-point deficit into a 112-106 advantage with just over 5:00 to play.
But Pietrus and Dunleavy nailed 3s over a 55-second stretch, sandwiching a Davis layup, allowing the Warriors to stay within two despite the fact they couldn't stop Amare Stoudemire.
With no other Sun able to take up the slack, the game was left for the Warriors to win, and they did just that.
A three-point play by Davis at 3:18 gave them a lead they never relinquished, and another set of bang-bang 3s by Pietrus and Dunleavy sent shock waves through the Arena not felt in these parts for 11 years.
All told, the Warriors just missed the NBA record while burying 18 of their 35 3-point attempts. Pietrus, Dunleavy (5 of 9) and Richardson (3 of 5) combined for 14 of them.
Davis, despite a horrible shooting night (6-for-19), just missed a triple-double with 15 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds.
And Foyle was brilliant, adding eight points, five assists, five blocks and two steals to his 17 rebounds.
Like Davis, Steve Nash was off his shooting game, missing eight of his 12 attempts during an 11-point, 12-assist game.
It took a team effort for the Warriors to erase all of a 14-point, third-quarter deficit by the end of the period.
Dunleavy and Troy Murphy, who had combined to shoot 4-for-16 in the first half, contributed six field goals to a 32-18, game-tying run.
Richardson, who had been quiet in the second quarter after a big first, had four hoops of his own, and Davis dealt six assists.
But Foyle came up as big as anybody, finding time for three baskets in a quarter in which he had eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
The first half was a Steve Nash for MVP campaign rolled into one nice 24-minute film clip.
The Santa Clara product, as he has all season, got the Suns off the running with an early hoop, two steals and four assists, helping the visitors rattle off 30 points in the first 8:45.
But when he ran into Davis and was whistled for his second foul on Phoenix's next possession prompting his removal from the game the tone of the contest changed completely.
The Suns recorded only two more field goals the rest of the quarter they had poured in 12 in the early flurry and then only two more in the first 3:51 of the second quarter as the Warriors ran off to a six-point lead.
But Nash returned at the 8:09 mark of the second, and Phoenix immediately flurried for 14 consecutive points as he contributed three assists and a steal.
With Nash running the show, the Suns had 10 field goals to show for the final 8:09 of the period, re-establishing themselves by halftime, at which point they led 68-58.