Basketball: Hawks and Warriors close to sweeping aside rivals in play-off series

Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots over (from left) Drew Gooden #90, Ramon Sessions #7, and Marcin Gortat #4 of the Washington Wizards during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 13,
Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots over (from left) Drew Gooden #90, Ramon Sessions #7, and Marcin Gortat #4 of the Washington Wizards during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 13, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. Horford's putback layup with 1.9 seconds left lifted the Hawks to an 82-81 victory over Washington-- PHOTO: AFP

ATLANTA (AFP) - Al Horford's putback layup with 1.9 seconds left lifted the Atlanta Hawks to an 82-81 victory over Washington on Wednesday and within one win of advancing in the NBA play-offs.

The Hawks, the top seeds in the Eastern Conference, now lead the best-of-seven second-round series three games to two.

The Wizards will try to stay alive when they host game six in Washington on Friday.

Western Conference top seeds Golden State also moved within one win of advancing, taking a 3-2 series lead over Memphis with a 98-78 romp in Oakland, California.

NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry drained six of the Warriors' 14 three-pointers, following up his outstanding game four performance with another stellar display that included 18 points along with seven rebounds and five assists.