Originally created 05/02/00

Sixers down Hornets; advance



PHIILADELPHIA -- Aaron McKie picked a good night to have the best game of his career.

McKie, starting in place of the injured Eric Snow, hit four consecutive 3-pointers and scored 13 straight points midway through the fourth quarter as the Philadelphia 76ers beat Charlotte 105-99 Monday night to win their first-round series 3-1.

Philadelphia plays the winner of the Milwaukee-Indiana series in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

McKie scored a career playoff-high 25 points and had 11 assists. Allen Iverson, playing with a chip fracture in his right ankle and an inflamed right elbow, scored 26. Matt Geiger came off the bench to score 17 and grab 10 rebounds.

After Charlotte took its biggest lead, 85-77, in the first minute of the fourth period, McKie took over. He nailed consecutive 3-pointers from the wing to cut it to 85-83.

Elden Campbell's jumper made it 87-83, but McKie tied the game by hitting another 3 and making a free throw to complete a four-point play. After Campbell sank a pair of free throws, McKie gave the Sixers the lead for good, 90-89, with a 3-pointer from near the top of the circle.

Then it was Iverson's turn. He scored seven straight points on a driving layup, a 3-pointer and baseline jumper to give the 76ers a 101-95 lead with 3:09 left.

After the jumper, Iverson cupped his ear and circled the floor, encouraging the raucous sellout crowd of 20,712 to make more noise.

Charlotte did not get closer than four points the rest of the game.

Anthony Mason and Derrick Coleman each scored 21 points to lead Charlotte.

Snow missed his second straight game with a chip fracture in his right ankle. The 76ers struggled without their floor leader in Game 3, but McKie made sure the offense stayed in rhythm Monday.

McKie shot 9-of-15, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. He did not commit a turnover in 36 minutes. The Sixers committed just eight turnovers.

Reserve Kevin Ollie, who played two minutes in the first two games, played 16 minutes and had six points and four assists.

McKie, who held Eddie Jones to 18 points in Game 3, limited him to 17 on Monday. He held Jones to just three shots in the first half.

Iverson, who injured his ankle in Game 3, was questionable, though he insisted he would play. He aggravated his injured elbow on a driving layup at the end of the second quarter that gave the Sixers a 54-50 halftime lead.

Iverson grimaced and jumped up and down while holding his elbow as he walked off the court. He wore extra padding on it in the second half. He finished 10-of-23 and had seven assists.

Charlotte tied the game at 62 after a 10-2 run midway through the third. The Hornets scored six straight points on dunks, including two by Coleman and one by Jones.

Charlotte scored 11 of its last 15 points in the third quarter on free throws to take a 79-75 lead. The Hornets hit 20 of their first 22 foul shots and finished 23-of-28 at the line.

The Sixers started well, hitting their first six shots. George Lynch, who was scoreless in Game 3, had four points in the first two minutes.

Mason, held without a field goal in Game 3 by Lynch and Toni Kukoc, hit his first shot and had seven in the first quarter.

Philadelphia opened with a 12-5 run and ended the first quarter with a 12-2 run to take a 30-25 lead.