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Justin Doellman had a hand in Barça's big win over archrival Real Madrid on Sunday night. / PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB

FC Barcelona came away with a big 76-68 win on Sunday night at the Palau Blaugrana over Real Madrid in their final home game of 2014, overcoming a lack of shooting depth due to key players sitting out injuries. Let's take a look at five big keys the victory.

1. Dominance in the paint. Barça scored 46 points in the paint. Ante Tomic's 12 points were more than the 11 points that Real Madrid's Reyes, Bourousis, Ayón and Mejri had combined. Barça also out-rebounded Madrid by 44-30.


2. Injuries a non-factor. Barça had to play this game without four injured players (Oleson, Abrines, Navarro and Ericksson), but the short bench came through despite shouldering plenty of minutes that they are not accustomed to playing.


3. Edwin Jackson's debut. Barça's new signing led the team in minutes played with 30. He got better and better throughout the game while quickly adapting at both ends of the floor.


4. Not as close as it seemed. The scoreboard was close for most of the game even though it was evident that Barça were dominating play at both ends of the court.


5. The home court advantage. FC Barcelona now have nine straight home league wins over Real Madrid, and beating their archrivals has become something of a Christmas tradition. On Sunday, the raucous sellout crowd was a true sixth man.



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