DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Duke extended a pair of lengthy streaks simply by holding onto the ball.
Dahntay Jones scored 15 points as the ninth-ranked Blue Devils survived their own poor shooting for a 65-55 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over turnover-prone Clemson.
Duke (16-3, 6-3 ACC) won its 25th straight home game and defeated Clemson for the 16th straight time. The Blue Devils won despite shooting a season-low 34 percent (21-of-62) from the field.
"It was real difficult to score points tonight," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Both teams played real tough defense. Early in the game we had an opportunity and we couldn't put the ball in the basket. We were playing so well at the beginning of the game in a fast pace and you look up and we're six points up. It was kind of a weird game like that."
Clemson (12-7, 2-7) helped matters by committing a season-high 26 turnovers and turning in a woeful shooting performance of its own, clicking at just 39 percent (19-of-49). It added up to the fifth loss in six games for the Tigers.
"If you come in this building and want to win, you have to knock down more shots and turn the ball over less," Clemson coach Larry Shyatt said.
A 9-1 tear to start the second half pulled Clemson within 35-34 on Edward Scott's jumper with just over 17 minutes remaining. But Daniel Ewing drilled a 3-pointer to trigger a 12-0 run that give Duke some breathing room.
Freshman J.J. Redick converted a three-point play and Jones had a layup off a fast break to cap the spurt for the Blue Devils, who held the Tigers scoreless for more than six minutes.
"We weren't knocking shots down - usually stuff that goes in, but didn't tonight," Jones said. "We weren't executing as well in the first half, and I think our defense was keeping us in the game. But in the second half we got a little acclimated to the game, and we got some easy shots, and things started to flow for us."
The result tightened up the standings in the crowded ACC. Wake Forest leads with a 6-2 mark while Duke moved into a second-place tie with Maryland, one-half game back after losing to Georgia Tech on Sunday. North Carolina State, Virginia and Georgia Tech are all one game behind the Blue Devils and Terrapins.
Redick finished with nine points and Casey Sanders had eight and a career-high 14 rebounds for Duke. Redick and Jones each made just 3-of-12 shots and Jones had just one basket in the second half.
The game had an unusual feel from the start as the usual sellout crowd of 9,314 fans at Cameron Indoor Stadium was subdued. The crowd never really got into the game with the sloppy play throughout.
"It was just the whole atmosphere," Jones said. "I think the fans were a little mentally drained from the Carolina game (Wednesday), and people were just trying to get back in sync for the rest of our ACC season. It was just a little dry tonight."
Duke's shooting troubles extended to the foul line as it shot just 64 percent (18-of-28). The Blue Devils also had turnover problems with 16.
Clemson put three players in double figures, led by Chey Christie's 17 points. Christie committed eight of the Tigers' miscues.
"I thought our guys did a lot of good things, a lot of right things on defense but unfortunately we were forced into a lot of errors on offense," Shyatt said.
Scott netted 10 points and Chris Hobbs collected 10 and 11 rebounds. Sherrod Ford had seven points and eight rebounds.
Duke is 12-0 at home this season and 14-1 in North Carolina. The Blue Devils have split their four games outside the state.
Clemson dropped its 10th straight ACC road game. The Tigers have lost 34 of their last 36 conference road games.