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LeBron James Watches On As Zion Williamson & Duke Defeat Virginia 81-71

RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson lead Duke past Virginia | College Basketball Highlights Duke pokes holes in Virginia’s vaunted defense, rolls to 81-71 win
Cary Erickson | 11 February, 2019, 01:50

When Duke beat Virginia 72-70 back on January 19 in Durham, the Blue Devils hit only 2 of 14 3-pointers.

"We were just in our zone and it's great to see when our team is like that", Barrett said. While RJ Barrett posted an impressive 26 points with seven rebounds and three assists, Williamson was second on the team in scoring with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Reddish had 17 points - he was 5-for-8 from downtown - and had two rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks. "We all can do a mixture of everything and it just depends on who gets found, who's open and it's a simple as that". He finished with 17 points.

"I thought we were a little slow to our closeouts", says UVa head coach Tony Bennett.

"My players felt it", Krzyzewski said. The Blue Devils made 13 of 21 from deep in what was, given the caliber of opponent, their finest performance since opening the season with a 118-84 thumping of Kentucky. They now share first place with North Carolina and have two games left with the Tar Heels.

After a break, it was Reddish who took over from long range, connecting three times as the Blue Devils pushed the margin to 52-41 in just over four minutes. You got to read, 'Ok, when is that guy Ok on the ball?' and leave and be there on the catch. Here's a look at a few of the best reactions that poured in after Williamson's block during the Duke win. Virginia has 44 turnovers over its past three games despite coming in first nationally in fewest turnovers (9.0).

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The closest the Cavaliers came down the stretch was 66-61 with 5:25 left in the second half, but Duke reeled off six in a row to all but seal the outcome in front of an announced crowd of 14,629 that included LeBron James and Rajon Rondo, whose Los Angeles Lakers face the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.

"There's maybe two people in the world that can make those plays and they both were in our gym", Bennett said in an apparent nod to James' visit.

The Blue Devils led by as many as 14 points in the first half before taking a 39-35 lead to halftime. When Barrett and Reddish shoot as well as they did Saturday, Williamson can be a part-time decoy who still manages to do plenty of damage. And the Blue Devils responded by knocking down more 3-pointers than any other team has this season against Virginia's defense.

They put that on display the first time that they met this season, but the Blue Devils came out on top.

Bennett didn't hold practice Sunday and Monday for rest and recovery and indicated Jerome was moving the in the right direction with regard to his sore back he initially tweaked on January 29 in the early portion of a 66-65 overtime win against North Carolina State in Raleigh.