Parker leads No. 5 Duke past Georgia Tech, 68-51

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ATLANTA (AP) - Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski insists there has been no talk of big games still to come this week.

Convincing evidence came in the way the Blue Devils kept their focus in a win over Georgia Tech. Jabari Parker had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 5 Duke rolled to a 68-51 victory on Tuesday night.

Duke started strong, kept up the defensive pressure, and maintained its double-figure lead for the final 28 minutes.

“Our guys played a heck of a first half,” Krzyzewski said. “I mean we played with amazing energy and focus.”

Rodney Hood sank four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for Duke, which never trailed. The Blue Devils (21-5, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won four straight and nine of 10.

“We came out with a sense of urgency,” Hood said. “We didn’t want to take them lightly.

“We wanted to come out and try to dominate from the beginning.”

Duke is in a hectic run of four games in eight days. The Blue Devils will play at North Carolina on Thursday before facing No. 1 Syracuse on Saturday. The North Carolina game was postponed on Feb. 12 because of a winter storm. The stretch began with a win at Maryland on Saturday.

“We haven’t even talked about those two games, so there’s no buildup for us,” Krzyzewski said. “We respect the heck out of Georgia Tech.”

Robert Carter Jr. led Georgia Tech (13-13, 4-9 ACC) with 13 points. Kammeon Holsey had 12, and Chris Bolden added 10.

Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller had nine rebounds but only two points.

“He didn’t get the ball that much because our perimeter defense was the best it has been all year,” Krzyzewski said.

Duke scored 16 points off Georgia Tech’s 13 turnovers, including five by freshman guard Corey Heyward.

“I think our defense transitioned to offense,” Parker said. “We were able to get stops and able to score, so we put ourselves in a good situation.”

Duke led 50-30 early in the second half before the Yellow Jackets cut the deficit to 52-40.

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