DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Luol Deng and Shelden Williams reminded Virginia that Duke also is still pretty explosive offensively.
Deng and Williams sparked a pivotal second-half run as the top-ranked Blue Devils stretched their home winning streak to 39 games with a 93-75 victory over the Cavaliers in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.
In recent seasons, the Blue Devils (21-1, 10-0 ACC) always have been among the best offensive teams in the country. This season, they have their best defensive squad in recent years and entered Wednesday's game allowing just 60.2 points per game.
But there still is plenty of offensive talent left on the nation's top team, including Deng, one of the top freshmen in the country and Williams, an emerging sophomore.
After the Cavaliers pulled within 57-54 on a 3-pointer by Derrick Byars with 13:16 remaining, Deng and Williams each scored six points in a 17-5 run as the Blue Devils pulled away. Deng had the highlight of the burst, throwing down an alley-oop dunk off a pass from senior point guard Chris Duhon.
"When it got to 57-54, there was a lot of game pressure on our team," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Luol, Shelden, Chris - they really responded well."
Deng scored all 11 points in the second half, Williams added 11 of his 19 after interimission and Duhon 10 of his 13 came over the final 20 minutes.
Virginia native J.J. Redick scored 25 points for the Blue Devils, who have won 18 straight games since a loss to Purdue in the Great Alaska Shootout on November 29.
Elton Brown netted 24 points and J.R Reynolds 16 for Virginia (12-9, 2-8), which lost its fifth straight game and fell into sole possession of last place in the conference standings.
"I'm very proud of my team," Virginia coach Pete Gillen said. "I thought they tried as hard as they could try. I thought we competed. A lot of times we had three or four freshmen on the court. Winston Churchill said, 'Do the best you can, where you are, with what you've got.' I'm at a great school and you've got to do the best you can. I thought tonight we did the best we could."
After Reynolds opened the contest with a 3-pointer for the Cavaliers, Redick scored the next eight points to give the Blue Devils the lead for good.
Redick scored 16 points and Daniel Ewing all 13 of his points in the opening half for the Blue Devils, who led by as many as 13 points before settling for a 47-38 advantage at the break.
"We definitely talked about it, that we needed to get out to a good start and come out with a lot of energy," Redick said. "And we did - the first four minutes we played with a ton of energy."
When the Cavaliers clawed to within three points with just over 13 minutes left, Redick scored in the lane to start the decisive run. Deng, who missed much of the first half after a hard fall, put home a follow shot and Duhon converted a driving layup, pushing the lead to 63-54 with 11:41 left.
"We just didn't have the energy that we needed," Duhon said. "We didn't match their energy level. They came out playing with a lot of confidence, and we were just right there with them, but we have to take it even to a higher level."
Williams capped the run with a basket inside with 8:16 to go, giving the Blue Devils a 74-59 cushion.
The Blue Devils have won nine straight home meetings with the Cavaliers.