THE BALL – Sixers one win away from the semi-finals (NBA)

After winning both games at home, the Philadelphia 76ers were equally victorious in their first away match against the Brooklyn Nets (102-97) and were just one triumph away from stamping their way to the semi-finals of the NBA play-offs.

Tyrese Maxey (25 points) was the Sixers’ top scorer, while Mikal Bridges (26) was in the spotlight for the Nets.

The champions Golden State Warriors, after losing both games in Sacramento, beat the Kings at home, by 114-97, reducing to 1-2 the disadvantage in the elimination that is disputed to the best of seven games.

Stephen Curry (36 points) was hot-handed, making 50 percent of three-pointers.

In Los Angeles, the Phoenix Suns turned the tie around (lost the first game) by winning the third game with the Clippers, by 129-124. Kevin Booker scored 45 points, Kevin Durant added 28.