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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - With 3½ minutes left and Duke trying to close out its first road win in the conference this season, superstar spectator LeBron James was on his feet - to leave.
The Blue Devils made it routine. Freshman Jabari Parker had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds Wednesday to lead No. 18 Duke past Miami 67-46.
A sellout crowd included James, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant, all of whom played in the Olympics for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. James and Wade sat in the first row across from the Blue Devils bench, and Krzyzewski said they caught his eye after Parker scored on a strong inside move.
“It’s a blessing to get their support, to see those superstars give support to the little guys,” Parker said.
Parker helped the Blue Devils to a 42-28 advantage on the boards, which allowed them to overcome a poor shooting night. Duke outscored Miami 22-7 on second-chance points.
“I’m a little bit - maybe a lot - surprised by the way we played,” Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga said. “We were like deer in the headlights with all the attention this game got, and all the celebrities that showed up. I think we froze in that environment.”
The Blue Devils (15-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) avenged a 27-point loss the last time they played in Coral Gables. That was a year ago, when Duke was ranked No. 1.
“Because of last year’s embarrassment for the program, we just wanted to redeem ourselves,” Parker said.
Duke improved to 1-2 in the league on the road after losing at Notre Dame and Clemson. The Blue Devils are 4-4 away from home overall.
They’ve won their past two games by a combined 56 points. Krzyzewski earned his 899th win at Duke, which leaves the NCAA men’s career leader in victories one shy of joining Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim with at least 900 wins at one school.
Defending conference champion Miami (10-8, 2-4) remained winless in three league games at home. The Hurricanes will try to bounce back Saturday, when they play host to No. 2 Syracuse.
“It’s really a matter of effort,” Larranaga said. “We’ve got to play harder.”
A grinning Wade amused the crowd at halftime by taking some shots from half court, including several with his back to the basket. He went 0 for 6, and the home team didn’t fare much better.
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