DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) - J.J. Redick sent a message that Duke is the team to beat in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Redick scored a season-high 23 points as the second-ranked Blue Devils extended their home winning streak to 36 games with an 84-72 victory over No. 3 Wake Forest.
Duke (13-1, 4-0 ACC) extended its winning streak to 11 games, opening the game on a 17-6 run and never looking back. The Blue Devils did it with a tenacious effort on both ends, imposing their will physically against the Demon Deacons.
"What a great game," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "They're very, very good and we had to play extremely well in order to win here today. The conference is great. This was like the old days today."
Redick scored 10 points in an 18-7 tear that gave the Blue Devils a 63-49 lead with just over 11 minutes to go. He capped it with a steal and a driving layup before waving his arms to incite the frenzied crowd at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
"I had a great time out there today, and I think we had a great time as a team," Redick said. "These are the games, these are the reasons you come to play for Duke, a game like this where Cameron's rocking. Our fans were great today."
Shelden Williams keyed Duke's inside dominance with 16 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks. Williams blocked six shots by halftime, effectively controlling Vytas Danelius and Eric Williams in the paint.
Wake Forest (11-2, 2-1) lost its second straight and has lost 15 of the last 16 matchups with Duke. The Demon Deacons shot 35 percent (24-of-68) in their seventh straight loss in Durham.
"I thought Duke was better than us today," Wake coach Skip Prosser said. "Shelden Williams was just a horse inside and we had no answer."
Chris Duhon handed out a career-high 14 assists, dominating his head-to-head matchup with heralded Wake freshman Chris Paul, who had seven points and seven assists. The Blue Devils were physical with Paul as Shelden Williams shoving him to the floor on one possession.
"He's going to be something special," Duhon said. "He's a great kid, he has a great attitude, and he knows how to play the game. Today he was just a little off, but he's going to be something special."
Paul tried to retaliate in one occasion, giving Redick a gentle shove. The officials intervened and Paul held his hand out to reconciliate, but Redick ignored the gesture. It spoke volumes about the intensity Duke possessed, outrebounding Wake 41-38. Shelden Williams' interior presence limited Eric Williams to six points and four fouls in 21 minutes.
The lone negative for Redick was his missed free throw nearly three minutes into the contest, ending his ACC-record streak at 54 straight.