By Scott Agness

They’ve had to do it far too often: come back from an early deficit and overcome shooting woes all in order to tack on another win. Winning ugly, as Pacers coach Frank Vogel put it afterwards.

The familiarity was there for the Pacers (50-17) Monday night with the Philadelphia 76ers (15-52) in town. They had just played one another three days ago, where Indiana came away with a seven-point win. Indiana knew to expect a loose and scrappy team that played desperate to end their embarrassing losing streak.

Up three with less than three minutes to play, the Pacers got three points on three consecutive possessions from three different players to take a double-digit lead for the first time in the game. They ultimately ended up on top, 99-90 before a sellout crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

It wasn’t pretty, and they had to do a lot of damage at the free throw line, but the Pacers captured their 50th win of the season, just the sixth team in franchise history to top the half-century mark. Last season, they came up just short with 49.

50 wins is a notable milestone every player wanted to check off this season. But they obviously have bigger things in store, as they continue their ongoing outward quest for the East’s top seed.

The Pacers Radio Network broadcast originated from Area 55, Roy Hibbert’s fan section.

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