MILWAUKEE -- Jim Boylan didn't hold any punches when it came to his team's defense after Sunday afternoon's game.
His team responded Tuesday night - for one half, at least.
The Milwaukee Bucks turned up the defensive intensity for the first half and held Portland to eight second quarter points to build a 27-point halftime lead. Things loosened up in the second half and the Blazers made a furious charge, but the Bucks held on for a 102-95 victory.
"I thought the first half we had it going on both ends of the floor," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "Our defense was really active. What we did in the first half is we contested just about every shot. Any look that they got, we were there with a hand up. That's a big key to having a successful defense, is to contest shots."
The Bucks chart contested shots and would like to contest 75 percent of opponent's shots and have recently had games in the 60's and 50's.
"That's what we've been preaching over the last couple of days, to try and ge...