Paul had 17 of his 23 points in the second half and added six assists and five steals as seventh-ranked Wake Forest beat No. 6 Duke, 92-89, in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest.
Paul scored just 16 points on 4-of-15 shooting in his last two games but spearheaded an attack that sent the Blue Devils to their third straight loss at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
The Demon Deacons (18-3, 6-2 ACC), who led comfortably throughout the second half, survived a late Blue Devils' rally in the last 2 1/2 minutes led by 11 points from J.R. Redick.
After Wake Forest's Taron Downey hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds left, Redick's 40-foot shot from the right sideline bounced off the rim.
Redick scored 22 of his 33 points in the second half and Shelden Williams added 16 and 12 rebounds for Duke (16-2, 6-2), which absorbed its second loss in its last three games.