CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two minutes it took everything.
Zion Williamson was lost a month after knee injury against North Carolina. Six games of failure – including three losses – for the Duke and a whirlwind of debate about the future superstar of the future filled the void. And then, two minutes at Duke's 84-72 win at Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament Thursday, Williamson warns the basketball world of what's missing.
Williamson enters a pass pass, dribbled downcourt, leapt from within the foul line and delivers a strong mouse tomahawk. Cellphone cameras were spinning, people were exploding, and felt that Williamson was never gone. And that's just the beginning.
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Zion Williamson made all 13 of his shots, five in high-flying dunks, and won 29 points in his return to lead No. 5 Duke with 84-72 victory over Syracuse on Thursday night at the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.
A month ago, there was a debate about Williamson's return. On Thursday, he said he would not have had any other way.
"Everyone has the right to an opinion, but I know that I am going back all the time," Williamson says.
The Duke freshman said he did not know his perfect night of shooting until a team manager informed him later, and he did not miss the victory by noticing "he could not throw a tennis ball in the ocean" from the free throw line, but Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim up the hype machine which Williamson did not.
"I was in this game over 50 years, and I saw some great players," Boeheim said. "I'm not saying he's better than guys, but he can do things that have not done this game. He's crazy. He's a different kind of player. No one else like him."
Jay Bilas revoked the effect of Zion Williamson for the Duke in his first game compared to Syracuse.
Williamson, who won the year's award-winning player despite losing the last month of the regular season, has changed the dynamic both ends of the court for a team that struggled to find an identity without him . His five steals opened the game for the Duke, and he helped the Blue Devils dominate Orange to paint. Perhaps important for the Duke, he proved himself to be healthy enough to change the dynamic against North Carolina in the third stage of the season's dispute, which comes on Friday in the semifinals.
Williamson was asked after the game how he was eager to return. Coach Coach Mike Krzyzewski interrupted the answer.
"How much do I want her there?"
No more Williamson's return is no controversy.
After another dazzling Williamson, about eight minutes in the game, Frank Howard of Syracuse extended his legs in what seemed to be an effort to travel the Duke star while he was down the court in defense. Moving is moving to social media, and broadcasters release the move during the game. However, then Boeheim quickly defended his players, calling it a "manufactured" story and said no travel.
Howard offered a similar denial, saying that he had no intention of injuring Williamson and pointing his career to Syracuse as proof that he was not a dirty player.
"I mean, if you said I tried to take him, I did not get it," Howard said. "I realized I was scared of him, and I tried to give him a little hand at the same time, I mean, it's the heat of the game with a great defender for me, and I try to open it, take the ball and Get it the ball is fast … He is a hell of an athlete and a hell of a player I have a lot of respect for him. I will not wait four years to get to this stage to start walking people. " On his part, Williamson said he did not know the shooting incident until the game was over and it seemed confused by the controversy. However, he said many things about the heated debate about his sneakers following his injury in February.
Williamson started Paul George Nikes, who opened a move to open the loss of the Duke in North Carolina on February 20. Williamson said this was the second time he wanted to take off a Nike shoe after that get out of Kyrie Irving's model finger in the summer.
However, after high-profile damage, Nike sent representatives to Duke to meet with Krzyzewski and Williamson, then traveled to China to work in manufacturing a modified version of Kyrie 4 shoes with extra padding. Williamson also said to spin the shoe.
Nike issued a statement on Thursday before Williamson's return: "We are glad to see Zion come back to court After working with the Duke Basketball team to examine the issue, we believe it's a separate incident. We continue to work with the Duke, and all of our partner programs, to ensure that we provide the best product for their athletes. "
Krzyzewski also provided brand support.  "We think it's the best shoe or if we're not with them," Krzyzewski says.