DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Luol Deng sent Chris Duhon out a winner.
Deng scored a season-high 25 points and J.J. Redick added eight in the final five minutes as third-ranked Duke made Duhon's final home game a success with a 70-65 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over No. 16 North Carolina.
The latest chapter of the rivalry between Tobacco Road rivals centered around the final home game for Duhon, Duke's all-time steals leader. But Deng, who managed just three points in Wednesday's loss to Georgia Tech that snapped the Blue Devils' 41-game winning streak, stole the show.
"Wednesday I kind of rushed into my shots and didn't let the game come to me," Deng said. "That's how I feel about it. But today I just let it come slowly, and I had good looks."
One of the nation's best freshman, Deng made 12-of-16 shots and did most of his damage inside. The 6-8 forward drifted to the perimeter often in Wednesday's loss but used his versatile frame to work around the lane against the Tar Heels.
"Luol Deng was sensational," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "To go 12-of-16 and to respond after that type of game the way he did is just phenomenal. He's 18 years old. For him to do that sets him apart."
Duke (25-4, 13-3 ACC) took the lead for good when Redick scored four straight points for a 60-56 edge with 4:42 left. The lead was 68-63 after Deng converted 1-of-2 from the line with 64 seconds to go.
Rashad McCants countered with a basket for North Carolina (18-9, 8-8) and the Blue Devils' Daniel Ewing misfired on the other end. McCants rushed upcourt against three defenders but lost the ball before he could get off a tying 3-point attempt and Redick fell on it.
"It would have been nice for Rashad to have been able to handle the basketball and pass it back to someone else for threes, since there were two guys on him," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.
Redick sealed Duke's 14th win in the last 16 meetings with North Carolina with a pair from the line with two seconds remaining.
Duhon, who won the first meeting between the teams with an end-to-end layup in overtime, scored 12 points in 39 minutes.
"It feels great, and it's great to share it with these guys and the coaching staff," Duhon said. "This is a special group and something that I'll remember for the rest of my life."
Duhon excelled on the defensive end against his counterpart, Tar Heels sophomore Raymond Felton. Felton, who suffered a hip pointer on a collision with Shavlik Randolph in the first half, made 2-of-7 shots for four points and had more turnovers (six) than assists (three).
"He had a bad hip pointer," Williams said. "We weathered the storm right before the half (when Felton left), but if you look at his line, it was more difficult for him. Three assists and six turnovers is not a typical game for him."
North Carolina led by as many as six points in the first half, settling for a 33-30 halftime edge. But the Tar Heels struggled with their shooting all night and finished at 37 percent (24-of-65).
McCants netted 20 points and Sean May collected 14 and 15 rebounds for the Tar Heels. North Carolina, which finished in sole possession of fifth place in the ACC, was 5-of-22 from the arc.