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NBA play-offs: Phoenix Suns go 3-0 up on Denver Nuggets to move closer to finals

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NBA Most Valuable Player Nikola Jokic under pressureJokic found himself under pressure against the Suns

The Phoenix Suns moved closer to the NBA's Western Conference final after going 3-0 up on the Denver Nuggets in their semi-final series.

Devin Booker scored 28 points while Chris Paul had 27 in the 116-102 win.

The Suns have won six consecutive play-off games and are one victory from reaching the conference final for the first time since 2009-10.

Elsewhere the Philadelphia 76ers moved 2-1 ahead in their Eastern Conference semi-final series.

Joel Embiid had 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the visitors beat the Atlanta Hawks 127-111.

The Suns started strongly against the Nuggets in their game and were 21-8 ahead early on and 37-27 up after the first quarter.

The Nuggets brought it back to trail 59-55 at the break but their opponents dominated after that and will aim to secure a clean sweep in the series in Denver on Sunday.

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Nikola Jokic had 32 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists for the Nuggets on the night he received his NBA Most Valuable Player award.

In Atlanta, the 76ers put in a strong third-quarter performance to end the host's 13-game home winning streak.

Embiid and team-mate Ben Simmons each scored 11 points as they outscored the Hawks 34-19 ahead of the final quarter.

Tobias Harris' 22 points saw him hit the 20-point mark for the sixth straight game while Simmons finished with 18 points and seven assists.

Game four is on Monday in Atlanta.

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