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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - No. 11 Duke burned through a lot of emotional energy a few days ago in its loss at Syracuse.
The Blue Devils still had plenty left to take care of Wake Forest.
Jabari Parker scored 21 points in Duke’s 83-63 rout of the Demon Deacons on Tuesday night.
Rasheed Sulaimon added 19 points for the Blue Devils (18-5, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Playing their first game since their thrill-a-minute, 81-79 overtime loss to the eventual No. 1 Orange, they showed no signs of sluggishness.
“We beat the emotional hangover,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
And the Demon Deacons, too.
Duke shot nearly 51 percent, hit 12 3-pointers against one of the ACC’s best perimeter defenses and used a big run at the end of the first half to roll to its eighth straight victory over its instate rival.
“It was something for us to prove,” Parker said. “I think it was a game where we needed to improve and just get back going.”
Devin Thomas had 14 points before fouling out for the Demon Deacons (14-9, 4-6), who have lost three straight for the first time this season.
They had 19 turnovers - including five straight during Duke’s decisive run.
“And it was an uphill climb from then on,” coach Jeff Bzdelik said. “It just shows you how important each and every possession still is. … That’s a big difference, obviously, especially in a place like this.”
Andre Dawkins added 17 points with four 3-pointers for Duke, which won its 29th straight home game.
Parker reached the 20-point mark for the 13th time and third time in ACC play.
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