MILWAUKEE -- Jim Boylan preached before the game how the Bucks needed to create separation between themselves and teams outside of the Eastern Conference's playoff spots trying to catch them.
The Bucks coach also tried to warn his team of the dangers of playing the Orlando Magic. Though the Magic came in losers of eight in a row and 19 of 21 and were playing without three of their four leading scorers, the Bucks couldn't just show up and win the game.
Milwaukee let Orlando hang around all night, but two big second-half runs were enough to overcome allowing 20 offensive rebounds in a 107-98 victory at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
"Jacque (Vaughn), for a first year head coach, is doing an unbelievable job," Boylan said. "They've been losing, but you watch all of their games and for the most part they are battling right in there. I wasn't surprised it was a tough game."
It also was a game Milwaukee absolutely had to win. Following two straight losses and with a tough two-game swi...