Joe Harris had just scored a career-high 36 points, essentially half of his team’s total in a 73-68 victory against No. 3 Duke, and the junior guard was talking about “a team effort” and how the Cavaliers played “sound defense.”
Joe, was that the best performance of your basketball career?
“I guess you could say that,” he finally allowed.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski wasn’t quite as reluctant to heap on the praise.
“Harris was fantastic, which we knew he would be. He’s just one of the best players in the country,” Krzyzewski said. “When you have a guy playing at that level … it brings everybody up. You know you’re playing with a stud.”