Jabari Parker scored. Amile Jefferson rebounded. Tyler Thornton forced steals.

But even with these expected sights Saturday, something was palpably different about Duke’s play in its blowout 95-60 win against N.C. State.

Effort—team effort.

“I thought it’s the hardest that we’ve played,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We played really hard on Monday, collectively….Our energies were combined these past two games.”

It was a true team display in Cameron Indoor Stadium—for the second straight game, Krzyzewski used hockey substitution patterns early, bringing in a fresh squad of five players just 3:11 into the first half.

All 13 Blue Devils got into the game Saturday, and 10 managed to play double-digit minutes. The frequent substitutions allowed Duke to wield a high-pressure, smothering defense that forced the Wolfpack into 15 first-half turnovers and 21 overall.

“The energy and the enthusiasm is one thing that’s changed from everybody because everybody knows they’re going to play,” said Tyler Thornton, who led the Blue Devils with four steals. “So when you come in the game, you’re playing with no brakes—[you] just let it out.”

Duke’s defense has been much maligned this season: in all four of their losses, the Blue Devils have allowed more than 70 points. Facing an N.C. State team that boasts the ACC's leading scorer in sophomore T.J. Warren, Duke was expected to have a tough test on its hands.

That wasn’t the case Saturday, as the Blue Devils’ spirited play managed to silence their critics, at least for the time being. The defense came from all corners—every member of the Wolfpack had a turnover, and seven Duke players claimed steals.

“Coming into the game, we had a lot of quotes saying that we were soft as a team and that they’d just try to attack us and try to get to the paint—and we took that personally,” Thornton said. “I think everyone did a great job of stepping up, and we fought. Everyone who came into the game brought something to the game, and that’s what you need, especially in ACC play.”

Thornton, along with Jefferson and Rodney Hood, was given the difficult task of shutting down Warren. Warren did manage an impressive 23 points, but the Blue Devils defense was able to limit the Wolfpack’s other options. Quinn Cook, notably, harassed point guard Anthony "Cat" Barber throughout the game, limiting him to just seven points and forcing four turnovers.

Although he praised Cook’s effort, Krzyzewski again emphasized the unity of the team’s effort.

“I thought Quinn played outstanding defense,” Krzyzewski said. “[But] he has to have people behind him. To single out one guy [defensively] would not be the right thing today. I thought we all played really well.”